IT project managers are responsible for the planning, designing, installing and monitoring of information technologies. Using a defined and supported technological strategy, they lead, delegate and supervise the work completed by technical staff. Their work consists of tracking the progress of user departments and data centres to ensure corporate standards, cost targets and deadlines are met.
Standard business hours
An IT project manager will execute a typical 40-hour workweek during regular business hours. That said, there will be many occasions where you will need to come into the office on a weeknight, weekend or even holiday to solve a technical issue or to meet a deadline. The upside is that some of this work could be completed at home, since the technology enables telecommunication, allowing you to work remotely.
An IT project manager can expect to work inside of an office environment. Depending on the size of the company and possibly various locations, you could travel between offices to work on IT.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
To become an IT project manager, the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree in information technology, IT project management or computer science. These programmes cover a wide variety of courses to help you thrive in your position, including IT security, database management systems and programming fundamentals.
If you’re not pursuing postgraduate education, then it would be a prudent move to seek out certification, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner.
With experience, you will be given more responsibility, overseeing various projects and managing staff. You could then advance to an executive or senior management role.