Dave CooperiderJob Title:
Sr. IT Project Manager/PMPYears of Experience:
Omaha, NECurrent Employer:
Project Management Institute - PMP # 329370; TAP University, Project Management Training; University of Nebraska at Omaha, AAS, Information SystemsOther Relevant Work Experience:
Background managing team of project managersSalary:
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IT Project Manager Skill Sets – Job Skills and Salary Comparison
IT (Information Technology) project managers make high-tech designs become reality. Blending the specialized knowledge needed to accomplish the work with the supervisory abilities needed to manage a team and complete a project, IT project manager skill sets include a mix of technical and general management skills. While the average salary for an IT project manager is often quite high, long hours and high stress are often part of the job. Often promoted from project engineer positions, project managers must possess excellent time-management, leadership and communication abilities. In this interview, IT project manager Dave Cooperider explains how he climbed from account manager to his current position and describes some of the pitfalls in this high-stakes industry. Find out why his career choice is rewarding, and compare salaries for IT project managers with varying years of experience.
PayScale: What are the responsibilities of an IT project manager?
Responsible for enterprise-wide project management support of projects involving all areas of technology and trade, including but not limited to telephony (Sonus Networks, Avaya and Nortel), Carrier Circuits, Network Engineering WAN/MAN/LAN, Information Security, Server Hardware, and Database Administration. Accountable for combined yearly average project budget of $20 million. Follows PMI standards to manage projects through the project lifecycles of initiation, planning, execution and closure. Prepares project schedules and keeps data current in MS Project and Project Server. Leads the development of work-breakdown structures, develops project tracking and variance reports, assembles risk management plans and Work Effort documents and creates other project documentation in accordance with PMI Standards. Many documents were adopted by the department as best practices for project management.