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Information Technology Project Managers

Also called: IT Project Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Project Manager/Team Coach

What they do:
Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.
On the job, you would:
  • Manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, and scope.
  • Develop or update project plans for information technology projects including information such as project objectives, technologies, systems, information specifications, schedules, funding, and staffing.
  • Monitor or track project milestones and deliverables.

Knowledge

Business
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Atlassian JIRA
  • Microsoft Project
Development environment software
  • Common business oriented language COBOL
  • CruiseControl
Data base user interface and query software
  • IBM DB2
  • Microsoft Access

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$81,140
per year, on average
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