Project management plays a major role in many industries—from business management to information technology.

IT project management incorporates planning, organizing, and budgeting around organizations’ technology infrastructure, goals, and objectives.

As digital technology grows, so does the importance of project managers who have a pulse on the IT industry and how all aspects of the field can be applied in any given organization. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology professionals is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Here’s a look at entry-level, mid-level, and advanced career options in the field.

 

1. Entry Level: IT Project Coordinator

An IT project coordinator typically reports to a manager and assists team members with various IT projects. The coordinator ensures that resources are being allocated to the correct tasks and that all aspects of the project are completed on time and in line with processes and goals established. This person will often be responsible for communicating with and coordinating schedules for all teams involved, including developers, product managers, and marketing executives. This position requires business administration skills and a background in information technology.

 Daily responsibilities may include:

  • Providing project analysis.
  • Coordinating communication between end users and IT staff.
  • Arranging meetings and managing detailed project plans.
  • Arranging support services and tracking progress.

 Degree: Bachelor of Science in IT Project Management

 Relevant Capella University coursework:

  • Communication Strategies for the Information Technology Professional
  • Introduction to Information Technology Project Management
  • Hardware and Operating Systems
  • Risk Management in Information System Development
  • Project Quality Assurance
  • Project Procurement Management

 

2. Mid-Level: IT Project Manager

Project managers in IT are tasked with planning projects and managing them through completion. They supervise employees and ensure that everyone is working towards the project goals. An IT project manager must be able to problem-solve and work within the allotted budget. They evaluate completed projects to determine whether follow-up projects are necessary and what adjustments should be made. They typically oversee a wide range of personnel across departments. Some positions may require certification (such as the PMP®) in addition to a bachelor’s degree or higher in information technology or a related field.

 Daily responsibilities may include:

  • Coordinating and managing IT staff and any other relevant department staff.
  • Developing and maintaining an information technology project plan that communicates deadlines, resources, and delegated tasks.
  • Maintaining project effectiveness and efficiency and supporting implementation of new information technology systems.
  • Analyzing project results by conducting system audits.

 Degree: Master of Science in Project Management

 Relevant Capella coursework:

  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Analytics, Data Management, and Knowledge Management
  • Project Management Planning, Execution, and Control
  • Project Budgeting, Procurement, and Quality
  • Project Risk Assessment and Control
  • Project Leadership and Management

 

3. Senior Level: Director of IT Program Management Office (PMO)

IT PMO directors are responsible for the overall project management of the IT department. These senior level directors are responsible for IT operations and projects for their business, as well as providing leadership to their departments. IT PMO directors typically develop new strategies and projects, and resource new technologies and software that will help companies become more efficient and effective. They must have the ability to relay technical information, explain new systems, and organize all communication between IT vendors, clients, staff, and executives.

Daily responsibilities may include:

  • Communicating effectively with technology stakeholders and executives.
  • Integrating technology solutions and processes that are in line with strategic business goals.
  • Conducting meetings with all stakeholders and executives to announce the start and completion of the project and reviewing the process throughout.
  • Managing security of network, systems, and enterprise information.

 Degree: Doctor of Information Technology in IT Project Management

 Relevant Capella coursework:

  • Information Technology Leaders as Partners in Organizational Strategic Planning
  • Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes
  • Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies
  • Project Budgeting, Procurement, and Quality
  • Project Risk Assessment and Control
  • Project Leadership and Management

 

4. Senior Level: IT Project Management Professor

IT project management instructors, whether full-time faculty, adjunct professors, or even in a consultant roles, work to improve IT project management processes through research, analytics, and teaching. They educate others in best practices and scenarios that will provide them with the foundation to work successfully in the field.

Daily responsibilities may include:

  • Formulating new theories and processes to advance others knowledge in IT.
  • Communicating effectively with peers, students and fellow researchers.
  • Critically thinking about IT problems and navigating solutions as needed.
  • Researching or creating new applications for improvement.
  • Educating others on best practices and theories of IT project management.

 Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

 Relevant Capella coursework:

  • Research Processes, Theory, and Practice in Information Technology
  • Quantitative Research Techniques
  • Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments
  • Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment
  • Advancing Research in Information Technology Management
  • Teaching Practice Seminar Information Technology Education

 

Capella offers IT-focused certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, DIT, and PhD programs in IT Project Management.

 

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