Information & Communication Technology

IT Project Manager

IT project managers supervise the design, development, installation and review stages of a computer systems project.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an IT Project Manager do?

IT project managers supervise the design, development, installation and review stages of a computer systems project.

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Work activities

As an IT project manager, you would:

  • meet with clients or customers to discuss requirements
  • map out the project into stages, assessing the timelines and implications for each stage
  • gather and coordinate the project team
  • monitor the project team and progress made at each stage
  • control the budget and costs of each stage of the project
  • have flexibility built into the project to deal with issues that arise
  • update clients and managers on project progress
  • reviewing the finished project and receive feedback.
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Key skills and interests

To become an IT project manager, you would need:

  • excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • a logical and methodical way of working
  • to be able to clearly explain complex IT solutions in non-technical language
  • teamwork skills
  • good communication skills
  • a commitment to ongoing learning of IT knowledge and skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As an IT project manager you would work a standard number of hours per week, with overtime to meet deadlines or solve critical technical problems.

Conditions

IT project managers work inside their own organisations, or for companies that provide outsourced IT services to a range of clients. You would be based in an office, and if you work for an IT services firm, you may work on site in your client's office. You may need to travel locally or interstate on projects, and may need to stay away from home for periods of time during project roll-outs.

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How to become an IT Project Manager?

Entry Level Education

To become an IT project manager you would usually need to complete a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related area such as engineering, with subjects in project management.

Entry into degree courses usually requires a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths and computing would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Before moving into a project management role you would usually need several years of experience in a role within a project team. A post-graduate qualification in project management may increase your chances of a role in this occupation.

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Job outlook

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Employment of IT project managers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

IT project managers are likely to see more opportunities because of an increase in the number of products that are now computerised, and need to interface with existing computer systems; and because of the number of IT systems that will continue to need upgrading or replacing. Project managers often work in larger, rather than small, organisations or client organisations.

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