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IT project manager IT project lead, IT programme manager, IT consultant, project manager - IT

IT project managers oversee the development and installation of computer hardware and software systems.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £25,000 to £70,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in a subject like:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Experience of managing projects in other industries may help you find work.

You'll usually need experience of using software and applying project management principles and methods in your work.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) has more information on training and careers.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • the ability to understand complex information and explain it to others
  • advanced IT skills

3. What you'll do

You could work in-house for a large organisation, or for a consultancy firm going into different organisations for specific tasks.

This is a broad role and your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • finding out what the client needs and minimising risk to the business
  • working out and agreeing timescales, budgets and quality
  • using project management software to plan and resource stages
  • co-ordinating the project team, keeping clients and managers informed of progress
  • solving problems as they arise and adjusting plans
  • providing documentation and training for users of the new system
  • ensuring a smooth changeover from the old IT system to the new one
  • confirming satisfaction before signing off and evaluating completed tasks

4. Salary

Starter: £25,000 to £28,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £45,000

Highly Experienced: £45,000 to £70,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work standard office hours, but may need to work longer to meet deadlines.

Travel to clients could be required. You may need a full driving licence.

6. Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could become a senior project manager or move into more specialised roles like cyber security.

You could become a freelance consultant.

You could also go into departmental management or operations management.

Another option is to become a teacher, trainer or assessor.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017