It’s an opportune time to consider a career as an IT Project Manager. Locally and globally, it’s a stable, lucrative field, expected to experience significant earnings growth in the years ahead.
IT Project Managers have total ongoing responsibility for project management, from planning and conceptualization, through delivery and including communication, facilitation and problem-solving throughout the process. Typical duties include:
- Working with customers to develop project scope of work documents and plans. This includes analysis of benefits, cost, schedules and any related risks.
- Utilizing project management skills to identify and meet resource requirements, fulfill training needs, define deadlines and deliverables, provide customer satisfaction and ensure quality.
- Identifying the technical approach to be applied to a given project and managing the systems development process.
- Ensuring effective communication between project team members and customers.
- Assigning, scheduling, training and evaluating project work to ensure progress meets expectations and is completed on time and within budget.
- Identifying, tracking and communicating project-related issues, scope changes, variances and contingencies, and facilitating workable solutions.
Here’s a snapshot of the hard and soft skills required to succeed as an IT Project Manager:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in computer science information systems, business administration, public administration, planning, or a related field.
- Minimum of four to eight years’ experience in increasingly responsible IT leadership roles.
- Ability to interpret technical procedures to customers and other lay personnel.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all project participants and stakeholders including other IT employees, senior management, vendors and customers.
- Strong knowledge of current word processing spreadsheet, database, email and internet programs and services, as well as hardware and software technologies and uses.
- Proficiency in oral and written communication.
- Strong supervisory, leadership, motivational, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
As reported by numerous sources, including Indeed, the average annual salary for an IT Project Manager in the Philadelphia market is $88,000. This is approximately one percent lower than the national average. Salaries are typically 10 to 15 percent higher for candidates with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
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