Information Technology Project Managers

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About the Job

Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

It is also Called

  • Website Project Manager
  • Web Specialist
  • Web Site Project Manager
  • Transition Program Manager
  • Technology Project Manager
  • Technology Manager
  • Technology Director
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Technical Project Lead (Project Manager)
  • Systems Development Manager
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What They Do

  • Assess current or future customer needs and priorities by communicating directly with customers, conducting surveys, or other methods.
  • Develop implementation plans that include analyses such as cost-benefit or return on investment (ROI).
  • Develop and manage annual budgets for information technology projects.
  • Identify, review, or select vendors or consultants to meet project needs.
  • Coordinate recruitment or selection of project personnel.
  • Identify need for initial or supplemental project resources.
  • Negotiate with project stakeholders or suppliers to obtain resources or materials.
  • Monitor the performance of project team members, providing and documenting performance feedback.
  • Perform risk assessments to develop response strategies.
  • Initiate, review, or approve modifications to project plans.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $87,850 with most people making between $51,730 and $127,160

Outlook

0.33%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 7,480 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 7,730 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 25 openings due to growth and about 95 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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