April Ellison is an IT project manager at Safeway Inc. in Hayward, Calif.
Top 50 rank: 5
Sector: Information Technology
What they do: Keep big tech projects like software upgrades running on time--and on budget. "We bring order to chaos," says April Ellison, an IT project manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Why it's great: Lots of opportunity. "Just about all companies need techsavvy people who are great managers," says Houston tech recruiter Linda Ranostaj. Figuring out how to implement cutting-edge technologies keeps the job challenging.
Good upward mobility: IT project managers can rise to chief technology officer of a company, where the salaries can hit $300,000.
Do you prefer to work for yourself? The field offers plenty of consulting work.
Drawbacks: Hours (and hours and hours) of meetings. Aggressive project timelines. Staff jobs can be outsourced to consultants.
Pre-reqs: Five to seven years of technology and computer-related experience. A project management professional certification, along with an MBA, will enhance career prospects.
Do IT Project Managers have great jobs, or what?
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