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CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

17.  IT Program Manager

100 best jobs it program manager
David Puentes, a IT program manager at PTS Consulting.
  • Median pay: $122,000
  • Top pay: $167,000
  • 10-year job growth: 15%

This job is about managing people, and helping the team complete a project, which could be a technology system or an Internet-based software product. A good project manager knows how to build the right team and be the right leader -- which means knowing when to step up and when to step back.

What's great: This role is increasingly important, and job opportunities look good. "It's becoming viewed as a really vital position within companies," said IT program manager David Puentes. --J.E.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: B | Benefit to society: B | Telecommuting: A | Low stress: B

Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2012-22, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs.
Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 01:24 PM ET

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