Information Technology Project Managers

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.

Median Annual Wage: $83,410

Education: Bachelor's degree (84%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (10%); Master's degree (6%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Project Manager; Program Manager; IT Manager; IT Project Manager; Manager of IT; Project Manager/Team Coach; Senior Lead Project Manager; Senior Project Leader/Team Lead; Technical Project Lead (Project Manager); Transition Program Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Information Technology Project Managers.

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  • 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.
  • Confer with project personnel to identify and resolve problems.
  • Develop and manage work breakdown structure (WBS) of information technology projects.
  • Submit project deliverables, ensuring adherence to quality standards.
  • Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Direct or coordinate activities of project personnel.
  • Establish and execute a project communication plan.
  • Assign duties, responsibilities, and spans of authority to project personnel.
  • Perform risk assessments to develop response strategies.
  • Initiate, review, or approve modifications to project plans.
  • Schedule and facilitate meetings related to information technology projects.
  • Monitor the performance of project team members, providing and documenting performance feedback.
  • Negotiate with project stakeholders or suppliers to obtain resources or materials.
  • Identify need for initial or supplemental project resources.
  • Coordinate recruitment or selection of project personnel.
  • Identify, review, or select vendors or consultants to meet project needs.
  • Develop and manage annual budgets for information technology projects.
  • Develop implementation plans that include analyses such as cost-benefit or return on investment (ROI).
  • Assess current or future customer needs and priorities through communicating directly with customers, conducting surveys, or other methods.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Information Technology Project Managers.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Information Technology Project Managers.

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