What could you do with a degree in IT Project Management?
Like standard project managers, those working in an IT-specific role help plan and execute major changes to a company's information system. This may include upgrades and installation of new technology, as well as smaller ongoing maintenance projects.
Industries That Use IT Project Managers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of the jobs in IT project management are clustered in these five industries:
● Computer systems design and related services
● Finance and insurance
● Management of companies and enterprises
Key Skills for IT Project Managers
Managing IT projects requires both technical knowledge and the ability to motivate and manage team members—not to mention the business and industry knowledge that helps anticipate challenges. Top desired skills often include:
● Knowledge of prominent technical platforms and methodologies
● Strategic thinking
● Business savvy
● Risk assessment
● Resource management
● Familiarity with the industry
● Communication skills
● Leadership and team-management skills
Earning a master’s in IT Project Management demonstrates that you have a passion for the subject, knowledge of both the academic theory and current practices, and experience in the field. And the investment can prove advantageous: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.2
1: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm (visited July 29, 2016).