Saturday, October 10, 2009

IT Project Manager Listed 5th in CNNMoney.com's Top Jobs

CNNMoney.com just published their 2009 list of top jobs, dominated by technology and health careers at the top of the list. If you are interested in managing web projects in academic libraries, you will be interested to see that College Professor lands at #3 and Information Technology Project Manager is right there at #5.

Academic libraries, particularly for librarians with faculty status, offer some of the same benefits described in CNNMoney.com's brief description of teaching in higher education: scheduling freedom, generous vacation time, free access to facilities like gyms, and (sometimes) reduced tuition for yourself and family. If you are a librarian with faculty status, your pay can also be similar to the professors who teach in classrooms, although you frequently work 12 months out of the year.

Managing web projects within those academic libraries matches well with CNNMoney.com's description of IT project management. You keep projects on track, you work closely with others--often in meetings--and you hold yourself to deadlines much of the time. CNNMoney.com's description suggests that five to seven years of technology and computer-related experience as the entry level, with a PM certificate and MBA to advance your career. For academic libraries, the single biggest career booster is to have a graduate degree in library science.

In Web Project Management for Academic Libraries, you'll find an entire chapter defining the role of web project manager, making the case for why academic libraries need them, and presenting qualifications and traits important for the job. The book will be released in about 4 weeks, and you can pre-order through Amazon now!

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