IT project manager

Alternative titles for this job include 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.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become an IT project manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a higher or degree apprenticeship in project management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to start as an assistant project manager if you have experience of working in IT. You could do further training on the job as you take on more responsibilities.

You could take qualifications offered by the Association for Project Management to help your career progress.

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Further information

The Chartered Institute for IT and TP Degrees have more information about training routes and qualifications in computing.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • This job requires a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • 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

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

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 go into departmental or operations management.

You could also become a teacher, trainer, assessor or freelance consultant.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Software Engineer

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Sheffield S6 2BY

Project Management Degree Apprentice

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Preston PR4 1AX

Courses In England

BSc (Hons) Project Management

  • Provider: University of Portsmouth
  • Start date: 06 January 2019
  • Location: Portsmouth

Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management (Scotland and Wales)

  • Provider: n:gaged limited
  • Start date: 01 March 2019
  • Location: London

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