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Working As An Infrastructure Project Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $123,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure Project Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become An Infrastructure Project Manager

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Top Careers Before Infrastructure Project Manager
Consultant 3.5%
Manager 2.8%
Top Careers After Infrastructure Project Manager
Consultant 3.4%
Manager 1.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$123,000
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$92,000
Min 10%
$123,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Genesis
Highest Paying City
Jersey City, NJ
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an Infrastructure Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Infrastructure Project Manager in the United States is $123,721 per year or $59 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $93,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

Real Infrastructure Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infrastructure Project Manager Missionstaff LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 11, 2015 $240,005
Infrastructure Project Manager CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 23, 2015 $174,533
Infrastructure Project Manager Precision Global Consulting, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $150,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Precision Global Consulting, Inc. New York, NY Nov 09, 2015 $150,000
Project Manager, Infrastructure Restoration Hardware Inc. Corte Madera, CA Jan 20, 2015 $140,005
Infrastructure Project Manager Missionstaff LLC Philadelphia, PA Nov 11, 2013 $135,655
Infrastructue Project Manager Ciber, Inc. Washington, DC Nov 14, 2016 $120,000 -
$125,000
Project Manager, Infrastructure RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Feb 02, 2015 $120,000
Project Manager, Infrastructure RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Jan 22, 2015 $120,000
Project Manager, Infrastructure RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Feb 03, 2015 $120,000
Project Manager, Infrastructure RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Dec 15, 2014 $120,000
Communications Infrastructure Project Manager Fareportal Inc. New York, NY Jan 13, 2015 $115,000
Infrastructure Project Manager (Network & Computer Links Technology Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 20, 2011 $115,000 -
$125,000
Consultant-Infrastructure Delivery Project Manager Datalink Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 10, 2016 $111,194
Consultant-Infrastructure Delivery Project Manager Datalink Corporation Oakbrook Terrace, IL Sep 14, 2015 $110,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Iconsoft Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 07, 2016 $105,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Iconsoft Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 07, 2016 $105,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Humetis Technologies, Inc. Holbrook, NY Sep 05, 2016 $93,915
Infrastructure Project Manager Amerisoftpro Systems LLC Palo Alto, CA Nov 26, 2015 $93,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Amerisoftpro Systems LLC Sunnyvale, CA Nov 26, 2015 $93,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Iconsoft Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 16, 2016 $90,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Iconsoft Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 16, 2015 $90,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Oslo Solutions LLC Bellevue, WA Apr 17, 2015 $90,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Shivam Infotech, Inc. Portland, OR May 24, 2016 $80,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Iconsoft Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 23, 2014 $80,000
Infrastructure Project Manager Amerisoftpro Systems LLC Fremont, CA Nov 10, 2014 $80,000

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Project Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Party Vendors
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  • Worked hand-in-hand with Project Management personnel to ensure successful project management and implementation of any new infrastructure.
  • Managed multiple infrastructure initiatives using the proprietary MHS project methodology to drive and document the projects.
  • Work with engineers, architects, and 3rd party vendors and consultants in the development and implementation of new IT solutions.
  • Total of 5,386 users migrated to Windows XP.
  • Compiled project status reports and presented to senior management and stakeholders weekly and monthly.

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Top 10 Best States for Infrastructure Project Managers

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  2. New York
  3. Delaware
  4. New Jersey
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Colorado
  7. Washington
  8. California
  9. Texas
  10. Massachusetts
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Infrastructure Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

69.2%

Female

24.3%

Unknown

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

11.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

German

14.3%

French

9.5%

Arabic

9.5%

Indonesian

4.8%

Yoruba

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Cheyenne

4.8%

Thai

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Infrastructure Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.1%

George Washington University

11.7%

New York University

7.3%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

University of Houston

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.9%

Villanova University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Western Governors University

4.4%

University of Toledo

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

Brigham Young University

2.9%

Webster University

2.9%

DePaul University

2.9%

Case Western Reserve University

2.9%

More Tech Institute

2.9%

Capella University

2.9%

Syracuse University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

21.9%

Computer Science

13.7%

Project Management

13.6%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Information Technology

6.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Management

4.9%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Finance

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Information Sciences

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Economics

1.4%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Masters

32.1%

Other

14.7%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.1%
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