Job description

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.

Duties

    • Manage information technology projects, system activities and technical personnel
    • Assign responsibilities, supervise employees and review the work completed by staff
    • Monitor project milestones, ensure deliverability and install remedies to project hiccups
    • Develop plans for IT projects, including systems, specifications, schedules and staffing
    • Establish objectives for every IT project that is started, and make sure they are followed
    • Work with team members and other employees to identify and resolve problems
    • Collect and analyse internal data, track industry trends and identify relatable variables
    • Prepare, compose and summarise information to submit analytical reports
    • Participate in personnel decisions, help recruit candidates and monitor their performance
    • Develop, submit and, if approved, manage annual budgets to company satisfaction
    • Create implementation plans that enhance cost-benefits and offer a return on investment (ROI)
    • Negotiate with vendors and suppliers to order materials and resources at the lowest cost

Skills, qualities and knowledge

Analytical
Numerical
Decision-making
Problem-solving
Tech-savviness
Leadership
Teamwork
Time management
Communication
Interpersonal
Negotiation
Critical thinking
Organisational
Risk management

Working hours and environment

Average working hours

40hweek

Typical schedule

Full Time

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.

Salary

Bottom 10%

$47k

Median

$90k

Top 10%

$150k

Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

Undergraduate

DVM / VMD degree

Study time

4years

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.

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.

10%

No of new jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.

42.2k

Automation risk
The probability of computerisation, based on data published in ‘The Future of Employment’, a 2013 working paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne.

22%

Career progression

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.