PMP Certification for IT Professionals
Go onto Indeed on any day and type in “PMP IT Managers.” There are always over 1,000 results.
The phrase used in the listings most often is, PMP Certification a plus!
Why PMP in IT Management?
IT (information technology) managers represent among the fastest growing sectors of management in the world. Not only are more positions being created each day, but IT managers oversee some of the largest, most expensive, and most vital projects in business.
An IT manager runs the 21st century heart of business – data. Without lots and lots of data, businesses in the modern economy will fall behind.
Since the goal of becoming a PMP in the IT field is to get a great job with a great salary, here are quotes from actual listings online for “Senior IT Managers.”
From DiModa Design on Indeed:
- Define project scope, goals and deliverables.
- Support business goals in collaboration with senior management.
- Effectively communicate project expectations to team members.
- Plan, schedule and track project timelines, deliverables and progress using appropriate tools.
- Proactively manage changes in project scope.
- Identify potential crises and devise contingency plans.
- Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, and presentations.
- Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the project team, analyze results, and troubleshoot problem areas.
- Define project success criteria and disseminate to involved parties throughout the project life cycle.
- Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals. Draft and submit budget proposals and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.
From Constant Companion on Indeed:
Manage solutions/system integration programs for the HHA (Home Healthcare Agency), Skilled Nursing and caregiver industry.
· Regularly communicate with program stakeholders, including the appropriate escalation of program blockers to various stakeholders
· Track program activities and schedule
· Ensure the Services team assigned to the program clearly understands delivery expectations and customer requirements
· Ensure other Constant Companion resources (Product, Engineering, Support, etc.) understand our customer commitments
· Work closely with partner representatives tied to Constant Companion deliverables
· Closely manage, track, and report on issues/risks associated with the program
· Proactively manage program scope with the customer to ensure a proper change control process is followed
· Actively manage the definition of done for the assigned program
· Efficiently manage Services resource time and accurately forecast future program needs
· Manage Services program financials (forecast vs. budget)
· Maintain a solid understanding of Constant Companion’s products and services to ensure customers have a full understanding of the current and future capabilities available with our offerings
From US Xpress on Indeed:
- Overall responsibilities of planning and implementing of assigned projects including but not limited to:
- Engage with stakeholders to define project scope, goals, requirements, and deliverables
- Assemble and manage a cross-functional project team.
- Elicit, document and manage customer requirements.
- Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation.
- Manage the relationship with external customers and internal stakeholders.
- Manage project budget and project expenditures.
- Create and manage schedule and project timeline, using Microsoft Project (or similar tool), which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project.
- Perform risk management to minimize project risks informing stakeholders in a timely manner
- Conduct data analysis and reporting as required by the various projects
- Fully own assigned projects and assist the PMO Manager in additional task management for projects beyond the assignment.
- Facilitate workshops with business and technical stakeholders; perform walkthroughs with broader project members.
- Develop strong organizational change management and communication plan to ensure optimal strategy understanding and maximum efficiency for the project launch.
- Manage all project administrative requirements. This includes compiling and analyzing information, contributing to problem-solving solutions, making recommendations, reporting outcomes, and committing to delivering service excellence.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
The main thing that you’ll notice on these lists is that these are the precise skills that a PMP certification proves that you have.
All of these elements are sections on the PMP exam:
- Initiating the project (13%)
- Planning the project (24%)
- Executing the project (31%)
- Monitoring and controlling the project (25%)
- Closing the project (7%)
Is there a demand for PMP in IT?
There is a simple way to find out if there is a demand for PMP certification in IT – look at sites that gather the data.
Payscale.com lists the salary for a PMP at $104,000 average.
Here are the 4 top employers:
- Booz, Allen, and Hamilton – An IT company
- International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. – The original IT company
- Amazon.com Inc – Does as much business in IT as they do retail
- Northrop Grumman Corporation – An aerospace firm
Without a specific prompting to look for IT companies and PMPs, Payscale makes it clear that IT is where the money is for PMPs.
CAPM in IT – Is it worth it?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is there are a lot of job listings where the experience requirements for the job are less that the experience needed to sit for the PMP exam. Since there is no on-the-job experience needed for CAPM, just classroom time, you can get your CAPM, take an IT management job, then sit for the PMP exam in a few years.
In most cases, the salary bump for a PMP is about $20,000 over someone with similar experience, but without their certification.
The salary bump for a CAPM is about $7,000 to $10,000. Since the exam and even classes with a company like PMTI only cost a few hundred dollars, this might be the best ROI on your education you’re going to see.
If you’re a newly graduate IT professional looking to get your first IT manager position, you can get your CAPM certification, even if you haven’t managed a project yet.
Learn more about CAPM here.
Do I need my PMP/CAPM certification in IT?
Yes. It can make you as much as $20,000 per year more! With a CAPM and no experience, you can still make thousands more.
Get your PMP certification and make more money and increase your job security.
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