Fancy making your fortune in IT? Here are some of the common questions we hear about IT manager roles.
When it comes to IT, we can all agree that it saved our bacon in 2020. Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to keep in touch with loved ones while the virus kept us all in lockdown. Now that things are beginning to open up again, the importance of a good IT department hasn’t gone down in value. Not in the business world, at least.
However, “IT Manager” is such a loose job description that people have questions. We looked at half a dozen Jobs for IT Managers to find what their roles were exactly, so that we could answer some of those questions.
Here’s the scoop on the role of an IT manager.
FAQs About IT Management Positions
Let’s delve into this list of questions.
Q1) Do you need to have formal qualifications to become an IT manager?
- A) Yes, you need a degree plus several years of experience at the very least. If you want to become an IT manager fresh out of university, you need a master’s degree. Remember, you will be supervising people who have completed that initial degree course, so you need to be on the next lever from them.
Q2) What sort of skills do IT managers need to have?
- A) You need to have a sound working knowledge of a vast array of IT systems. On top of this, skills in the teamwork department will help you to stand out. You should be pleasant, polite, and able to motivate others. You should be focused on the big picture and able to deal with a certain level of stress.
Q3) What are the duties of an IT manager?
- A) You will be responsible for running either a department or a team of other IT technicians. They will report to your for assignments and with any issues that arise while they work. You will be in charge of implementing software systems, including rolling out changes, updating it all, and keeping cyber secure. You should also liaise often with other departments to feedback on how their systems are operating.
Q4) What’s the average salary of an IT manager in the UK?
- A) The average basic salary of an IT manager in the UK is just over £40k per year[i]. This will be supplemented the longer you perform the role and will vary from company to company. Outside of London salaries are always a little bit less.
Q5) Is being an IT manager worth it?
- A) If you like office life, enjoy fixing problems, and like to make sure things tick along smoothly, then a role as an IT manager might be ideal for you. They get paid well but they do have a lot of responsibilities. We recommend a job as an IT manager to anyone who wants to drive companies forward into the digital era.