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Like in any field, there are projects that teams of employees work on in technology. For those to go smoothly, someone needs to take charge and oversee the project. If you have excellent communication and time-management skills, plus a natural ability to lead, a career as an IT project manager could be a good fit for you.
What Is an IT Project Manager?
An IT project manager sets timelines for group projects and keeps the group on task and on budget. In addition, a project manager may have the following job duties:
- Coordinate project phases and schedules
- Select the right people to serve on the project team
- Delegate assignments
- Effectively communicate with all stakeholders in the project
- Organize project plans and prepare reports and other tools to detail the specific budget, time and projected outcomes of the project
- Track the progress of the project and adjust plans as needed
A project manager is the liaison between those who ordered the project and those who bring it to life. Strong interpersonal skills are a must, as a project manager must relay the goals of the project to the team and the issues that arise back to the stakeholders.
A project manager must also be highly organized and task oriented to keep the team on track. This person needs extensive knowledge of IT to know what expectations are manageable for the size and scope of a particular project. A project manager will triage problems as they come up and maintain records of expenditures.
How to Become an IT Project Manager
Many companies hiring an IT project manager are looking for someone with the above-mentioned skills plus a bachelor’s degree in computer science or management information systems. However, the right project management certifications may make someone without a degree eligible for this position. These certifications may include CompTIA Project+ for people who are managing small- to medium-sized IT projects or Project Management Professional (PMP) for those who manage large-scale. CompTIA Project+ can be a stepping stone to getting PMP later in your career.
A background in both business and technology is also seen as a plus by many organizations. Certifications like CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ can help you understand more about implementing technology solutions in the workplace. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become a project manager.
IT Project Manager Salary Range
In 2017, the median pay for a project manager was $139,200, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
IT Project Manager Job Outlook
From 2016 to 2026, CompTIA projects an increase of 12% for project managers, with 44,200 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.
Job Titles Related to IT Project Manager
- IT and special systems project manager
- Project coordinator
- Business analyst
- Network administrator
- Business development manager
Will your next move be IT project manager? If so, download the exam objectives for CompTIA Project+ to see what skills you need to get you there.