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The outlook is positive for IT project managers in Canada. As technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace, companies need experienced IT project managers who can help them rework and adapt their existing IT systems and policies to meet customers' needs and expectations.

IT project managers with strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely will have the edge in this fiercely competitive job market.

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average IT project manager salaries in canada

IT project managers typically require several years of supervisory and management experience, leading to an average salary well above the national average (in 2014, the average Canadian worker took home approximately $49,000 annually.)

An average starting salary for an IT project manager job hovers around $85,000, depending on where you are located. As a more senior IT project manager, with 5 years of experience in your role, you can expect to make a six-figure salary.

IT project manager salaries in Montreal are lower than the national average, but otherwise, IT project manager salaries are fairly consistent across Canada.



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what IT project manager jobs entail

You will likely work full time in an office setting at a desk or workstation. Depending on the organizational set up of the company you work at, your direct report can range from a manager in the IT department, to a senior-level exec like the CIO, CEO or president.

Often IT project managers are hired as contractors to consult on and oversee specific projects that require tech expertise. Some IT project manager jobs may also require travel to support regional offices or clients in other cities. Work time is generally 40 hours per week, but some IT project manager jobs can require as many as 45 to 60 hours each week. Weekend hours may also be necessary if the project you're working on requires it.

your day to day tasks

As an IT project manager, your chief responsibility is to oversee the IT department at your company. You may manage a particular team within the IT department, as well. You will most likely have several coworkers who report to you.

A typical day as an IT project manager will include tasks such as:

  • planning and overseeing various IT projects
  • managing and allocating IT resources
  • providing direction to IT staff that report to you
  • evaluating IT systems and making recommendations
  • developing and implementing policies, systems and projects
  • overseeing your departmental budget
  • hiring appropriate staff

where you can work

With the ubiquity of technology, IT project manager jobs are found in a variety of industries across Canada. IT project managers are needed in any business that requires IT support such as offices, hospitals, and technology firms, among many others.

IT project manager jobs are plentiful across Canada, as well. Most businesses have an IT component which means IT project managers are needed all over the country. The consistent salaries from coast to coast reflect the strong demand.

what you bring to the table

IT project managers typically have a four-year degree and at least three years of experience in the IT field, either as a project manager, a project coordinator, or in a related tech job with a supervisory component. Without a degree, you will likely need 5 years of experience, minimum, to secure an IT project manager job.

Other skills that are useful to have in your arsenal:

  • you see the ‘big picture’
  • you know how to delegate and assign tasks effectively
  • you excel at keeping your team motivated
  • you are tech savvy and work efficiently with computers
  • strong organizational and time-management skills
  • strong interpersonal, communication and planning skills
  • you think critically and make sound decisions
  • ability to collaborate and prioritize

training and certifications

Most IT project manager jobs will require a bachelor's degree. Your degree can be obtained in computer science, computer engineering, or another related field.

Taking management classes or obtaining a minor in management or communications will give your application a boost when applying for IT project manager jobs.

To obtain top level IT manager jobs, you can even obtain specialized certifications that demonstrate your expertise, such as an IT Project Management Methodology Certification.

where your career is headed

Related tech jobs that IT project managers might consider include computer engineer, information systems analyst, and software engineer. A skilled IT project manager also has the opportunity to grow into management positions in the IT department, such as IT director, vice president of IT, or even CIO.

The key to your success as an IT project manager is to continually add to your skill-base. You must be able to understand and support your staff in the ever-changing world of information technology. In addition, a proven track record, strong communication skills, and sound managerial expertise will all help you increase your earning potential and move up in your organization.

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