Project management has been around since the 1950s, and has recently taken off as a booming field for job seekers. The rise of the global marketplace and fast, reliable global communication makes collaboration on projects possible from anywhere in the world. Companies have an increasing need for point people on projects, in charge of everything from early planning to post-production analysis. This has paved the way for the project management profession to flourish.
Who Hires Project Managers and What Do They Do?
There is a strong demand for project managers in high-tech, biotechnology, information technology, aerospace, engineering, construction, and natural resources sectors. To understand what a project manager does, let’s use a construction project manager as an example.
The PM starts a job by estimating when a project can be completed and how much it will cost. Then schedules are developed to complete the job efficiently, and equipment is obtained. When things get behind schedule or changes are necessary, it’s up to the PM to figure out a way to stay on track. Once the job is complete, the PM retraces every step to identify what went well and what needs improvement in the future.
During this entire process, the project manager is accountable to both the construction company and the end client. It is the PM’s job to maintain communication with both parties to make sure that both are kept in the loop, and that both are satisfied when the job is complete.
Does a PMP Certification Help?
PMP (Project Management Professional) certification is the only recognized credential in the industry. Employers around the world recognize this credential for demonstrating an applicant’s experience, education, and competency to manage projects. In its most recent annual report, the Project Management Institute noted 51 million people around the world are working as project managers, but only a small percentage have received certification.
Obtaining your PMP Certification will help you stand out in the crowd. You will also become linked with all others who are certified, providing you with a broad network of connections when it’s time to look for a job. Those who are certified can earn around $10,000 per year more than those who are not.
Project Management at Assumption
CCE @ Assumption offers an 11-course certificate program in Project Management that will give you the foundation for a strong career in the field. You will learn how to keep projects on time and on budget, and how to apply your studies to real-world applications. A strong foundation of core courses includes management and organizational behavior, organizational communication, production and operations management, leadership, and supply chain management. Additionally, this program is completed with a Capstone course in Project Management Strategy, which introduces students to the five project management processes and nine knowledge areas outlined by the Project Management Institute, PMBOK Guidelines. This certificate, along with solid on-the-job experience, will prepare you for the rigorous examination to earn Project Management Professional certification.