Are you looking to start a career as an IT project manager? Do you have a number of years’ experience in information technology and want to take your career to the next level? IT project managers are in high demand in many of today’s top corporations. However, project management may be more about the intangible skills that you bring to the table than the experience and education you possess. Here are a few things you need to know so can determine if a career in this field is right for you.
- Duties. Project managers in an IT capacity are the individuals who oversee all of the resources typically for large scale projects. This may include software conversions, installations, development, or systems networking. A project manager needs to keep track of the resources including time, people, money, and the materials for the project. IT project managers use project management software to help organize the project and keep everything run smoothly and within the budget and deadline.
- Experience. Most companies are looking for individuals with proven management experience. Project managers often begin in these roles without much formal experience but they have leadership qualities, good accountability, excellent time management and organizational skills. Any background in information technology and these soft skills can lead to a career in project management.
- Education. Most project managers within information technology have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Some project managers have a PMP, or Project Management Professional, certification. This isn’t necessary but it can be a helpful credential. It never hurts to continue your education, especially in technology, so you have a full understanding of the latest tools and information.
- Career path. Because being a project manager is about more than just your experience, the long term career path is really dependent on how you focus your career and your success as a manager. A superstar project manager who has proven themselves on several large scale projects can find positions as senior directors or group managers of companies.