Rising demand for computer software and cyber security is helping drive growth in this field

Federal projections call for IT manager jobs to continue to increase in coming years. Because many firms are increasing their use of wireless and mobile networks, the need for IT managers will continue to grow.

The rising demand for computer software and improved cybersecurity will also drive the demand for IT managers. So if you’re looking for a high-paying job, a career in IT project management is a great option.

IT project managers work to develop and supervise IT projects, as reported by O*Net Online. They plan project stages, assign duties and lead other staff members in completing tasks. In addition, project managers ensure that projects are meeting deadlines, expectations and budgets.

IT project managers should be able to think critically in order to solve problems that may arise, according to O*Net.  Written and oral communication skills are also very important for IT project managers. Other helpful aptitudes include managing time wisely and actively listening to others. Project managers must be able to lead and supervise the work of other employees.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes five industries that employ the most IT managers: computer systems design and related services (19%), finance and insurance (12%), information (11%), management of companies and enterprises (9%), and government (7%).

How to Become an IT Project Manager

To become an IT project manager, you need to have a bachelor’s degree and some experience, according to the BLS. Typically, your degree needs to be in a computer or information science related field. Coursework often includes computer programming, software development and mathematics. To obtain your bachelor’s degree, it will usually take four years.

Numerous businesses want their IT project managers to also have a master’s degree. Obtaining master’s of business administration (MBA) is a good option for those who desire to be project managers. Master’s degree programs usually take two years to complete.

Many students choose to work while earning their master’s degree. While this means more time required to complete your degree, it is a great way to gain work experience. Often times, those in this field start in entry-level management positions before advancing to become project managers.

Job Outlook and Salary

The BLS states that computer and information science careers are growing faster than the average for other occupations, with jobs projected to increase 15% by 2022. The median salary for jobs in this field is $131,600 per year, according to the BLS.