Considering Project Management as a Career Path
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Eshna

Published on February 13, 2015


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Results from the Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013 ‘Pulse of the Profession™’ Survey makes interesting reading, particularly given most of the world is in or near recession. PMI predicts that between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries. China and India will lead the growth in project management, generating approximately 8.1 million and 4 million project management roles through 2020, respectively.

Along with job growth, there will be a significant increase in the economic footprint of the project management profession which is expected to grow by US$6.61 trillion. This enormous anticipated growth, along with higher-than average salaries, will make the next seven years an opportune time for professionals and job-seekers to build project management skills.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the average annual salary for PMP® certified Project Managers in the U.S. is $111,824, almost $14,000 more than the salary of those without PMP® certification.

How to Join this Exciting Journey?

Career path of a project manager requires strong communication and organizational skills, the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and an understanding of the functional roles of departments throughout the organization.

If you can do this, you are welcome to join this exciting journey to become a project manager.

Preparing for PMP Certification? Take this test to know where you stand!

Project management training and industry certification can help professionals land their first project manager position. Over time, successful project managers will be assigned projects of increasing size and complexity. Those who prove themselves on the job and demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning have excellent advancement potential. Take the first steps towards a project manager career path today, and you’ll be on your way toward a wealth of job opportunities, a lucrative salary and a genuine long-term career satisfaction.

The first step in becoming a project manager is to get the right education. You don’t necessarily need a degree in project management, but you do need to have specialized training. Industry certification will give you an even greater edge in securing the best positions.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a good entry-level certification if you’re new to project management, or still figuring out your career path.

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important globally-recognized and independently validated credential for project managers, perfect if you have demonstrated experience and competence in leading project teams.

Project Management Professional (PMP) is a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Currently, there are 583,806 active PMP-certified professionals and 270 chartered chapters across 193 countries worldwide.

There are other specialized certifications offered by PMI.

Conclusion

You need to choose the credential that best fits your knowledge and experience, as well as your future career plans. You can also visit/call a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) or visit their website for understanding the certification roadmap and mapping your career goals.
 
Reference:
Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013 ‘Pulse of the Profession™’ Survey

 

About the Author

Eshna is a writer at Simplilearn. She has done Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is a Gold Medalist in the same. A voracious reader, she has penned several articles in leading national newspapers like TOI, HT and The Telegraph. She loves traveling and photography.


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