JOB OUTLOOK IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
According to a study published by the Anderson Economic Group, an average of 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year through 2016. This study found that while there are some areas that have scaled back, such as financial services and the automotive industry, many other fields are expanding, including healthcare, infrastructure development and green technologies. “The demand for project managers is definitely growing,” says Sheree Rulard, senior recruiting consultant for Beeline RPO, a workforce solutions firm with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
The Project Management Institute® (PMI®) expects the future to be brighter than you might think, with the global gross domestic product (GDP) in projectized industry anticipated to increase in the United States by $4.5 trillion by 2016. PMI reports that, “Between 2006 and 2016, the number of project-oriented employees will grow by an estimated 8.2 million.” Qualified project managers will be able to benefit from this exceptional employment opportunity.
Entering the Field
A Certificate in Project Management does not substitute for work experience in the field when seeking employment. If you’re interested in getting started in the field, you should offer to become involved in small projects in your company, including working on technical jobs such as tracking schedules using computer software, reviewing documents and writing reports. Project coordinator, for example, is an entry-level position in the project-management track.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The eleven-course Certificate program in Project Management is designed to provide students with the skills needed to keep projects on task, on time, and on budget. The selected curriculum builds from theories of project management to real-world practices applicable to all industries and fields. Core business practices that are known universally in all industries, with a capstone course that integrates core learning in strategy, business, management, organizational behavior, communication, leadership, and supply chain management using theproject management framework, are included. You learn from highly qualified instructors with substantial real world project management experience.
The program requires the completion of eleven courses, the four foundation courses can be transferred into the certificate program.
• Introductory Mathematics
• Management and Organizational Behavior
• Quantitative Methods
• Organizational Communication
• Business Law
• Production and Operations Management
• Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
• Employee Relations Management
• Project Management Strategy (Capstone)