Information Technology Project Managers Career Video
Description: 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.
Information technology, or IT, project managers are talented jugglers: they deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope, while keeping the project team’s daily work environment organized and on track. IT project managers plan and manage IT projects at every phase, including defining project goals, determining the systems and technology needed; creating detailed schedules; building a budget; identifying staffing needs; and hiring and managing the project staff. They break the work down into stages, and monitor progress with an eye on deadlines. Cyber security is a major issue that IT project managers must handle. Communication skills are essential in this field, along with attention to detail and management. IT project managers also need the technical skills to understand the capabilities of their organization’s technology, its limitations, and how it might best be applied to suit the project’s needs. Motivating the team, and keeping organizational leadership informed are also top priorities. Most IT project managers work more than 40 hours per week, in an office environment. Most positions require a related bachelor’s degree.