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IT project manager

Alternative titles for this job include IT project lead, IT programme manager, IT consultant

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

Average salary (a year)

£30,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

How to become an IT project manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • training through a professional body

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

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

You can also do a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship and move into the role after getting project management experience.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Work

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

Other Routes

You could do training with a professional body like the Association for Project Management or the Project Management Institute to help with your career development.

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Career tips

It will help you to have an understanding project management methods like PRINCE2 or Agile.

Further information

You can find out more about working and training in computing from The Chartered Institute for IT and Tech Future Careers.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • persistence and determination
  • 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
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you would:

  • speak to the client to find out what they need
  • assess the risks related to different options
  • choose the most appropriate project management method for the job
  • work out and agree timescales, budgets and resources
  • use project management software to plan development stages
  • co-ordinate the project team
  • monitor progress and keep clients and senior managers informed
  • solve problems as they arise and adapt approaches
  • work with project leads to test each stage of development
  • provide documentation and training for users of the new system
  • handover the new system in a smooth and timely manner
  • confirm client 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

Career path and progression

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

You could also go into departmental or operations management, or work as a freelance consultant.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Support Engineer

  • Wage: £16,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Chesterfield

Associate Project Manager / Planner Level 4 Apprentice

  • Wage: £384.00 - £480.00 Weekly
  • Location: Orpington

Courses In England

Project Management Essentials

  • Provider: LAKES COLLEGE WEST CUMBRIA
  • Start date: 31 July 2021
  • Location: Workington

Association for Project Manager Project Management L4

  • Provider: SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND STROUD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 28 June 2021
  • Location: Filton

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