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IT project manager

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

IT project managers plan and organise the work of a project team to deliver IT products and services on time and on budget.

Average salary (a year)

£35,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become an IT project manager

You can get into this job through:

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

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • computer science
  • 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 could do an apprenticeship, for example:

  • Associate Project Manager Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Digital Product Manager Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Project Manager Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

These apprenticeships can take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

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 with an organisation as an assistant project manager if you've got experience of working in IT.

You could then do further training on the job and take on more management responsibilities.

Other Routes

You could train 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 might help when looking for work if you have an understanding of agile project management methods.

Further information

You can find out more about computing careers and training through The Chartered Institute for IT and techskills.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • persistence and determination
  • 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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an IT project manager, you could:

  • assess project tasks and risks, and allocate work to team members
  • use project management software to plan and monitor work
  • manage a budget, timescales and resources
  • report on progress, check quality and deal with changes or delays
  • lead and motivate the project team

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could:

  • become a digital delivery manager or senior project manager
  • specialise in an area such as cyber security or technical architecture
  • become a programme leader, with responsibility for a whole department or service
  • work as a freelance consultant

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

IT Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £24,533.00 Annually
  • Location: Basildon

Project Management Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £19,493.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Project Management - BSc Hons Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 10 September 2024
  • Location: Blackpool

Diploma in Event Management for Marketing and Communications

  • Provider: ASHDOWN ACADEMY LTD
  • Start date: 13 November 2024
  • Location: London

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