IT project managers oversee the planning and development of computer systems to meet clients' needs.

What does an IT project manager do?

IT project managers oversee the development and installation of computer systems for organisations. They are responsible for making sure projects are completed on time and on budget.

Typically, IT project managers will:

  • find out what the client wants from their IT system
  • plan project stages and assess the business implications for each one
  • put together and coordinate the work of the project team, for example developers
  • monitor progress and make sure costs, timescales and quality standards are met
  • adjust plans to cater for unforeseen circumstances
  • make sure there is a smooth changeover from the old IT system to the new one
  • keep senior managers and clients up-to-date with progress
  • sign off and evaluate completed tasks
The role involves using various project management methods and software to carry out tasks.

What do I need to do to become an IT project manager?

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

You may be able to move into project management if you're already working as an IT professional and have taken on some responsibility for project development or project support. You will also need a relevant qualification.

You could study towards qualifications such as a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Computer science

Desirable qualifications

  • PRINCE2 certification

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could find opportunities with any companies that use IT systems to manage and develop their business operations. You may also find work overseas, especially if you are working for a multinational company.

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