BS Computer Science – Policy Maker Role

An expert on how computing impacts the society including its governance.

Policy Makers formulate and choose among competing or complementary alternatives that will have impact within an organization. The alternatives will also affect how the organization deals with the rest of the world. A Policy Maker is also likely to have a role in implementing and enforcing those decisions. Policy Makers work in all organizations (small and large, private and public) and at all geographic levels (local, state, national, and international).

Policy Makers deal with information and communications technologies (ICT). They recommend or make choices regarding investments in, allocation of, restrictions on, and strategies for the exploitation or management of the use of ICT. They often occupy the highest-level leadership positions in organizations whose primary missions are highly involved with ICT. Increasingly, senior leadership in almost all organizations and countries must give their attention to ICT-related policies. A sample of the broad spectrum of positions could range from the director of information security for a small company to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Today most Policy Makers bear significant organizational responsibility in an intense, rapidly changing environment. Successful policy making can bring great satisfaction in having helped make the world a better place for, and because of, their organization.

What are typical job titles for Policy Makers?

  • Entry Level
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Management Intern
  • Mid Level
  • Policy Advisor
  • Congressional Staff Member
  • Department Director
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Top Level
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • President
  • Chairman
  • Minister

More generally, many midlevel and senior positions in almost all organizations have policy making or implementation responsibilities.