As the world becomes more project oriented, project managers are becoming more important in every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, project management is not an actual occupation. You can either be
classified as a construction manager, an IT manager, or a general unclassified manager. This may change in the near future as the need for qualified project managers grows. All organizations are learning how important teams are for good production. Those teams work on projects together and those projects need a manager.
A project manager is the person who organizes and oversees all the details of the job. They need to lead and motivate their staff. They need to plan which tasks of the project are most important and when each task needs to be accomplished. It is their job to make sure the project stays on schedule and on budget.
Project Management Certification
The Project Management Institution is an association of Project Managers that has formed over the years. As a project manager, you can join this professional organization. As someone looking to get into project management, you can apply for a PMP certification on their website. The project management certifications they offer are:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Program Management Professional (PgMP)
- PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
- PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
- PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
- OPM3 Professional Certification
Project Management Training
The Project Management Institution also offers a listing of registered educational partners that offer training classes in project management. These classes can be used to study for the certification test or as continuing education after you have received your certificate. The PMP certification is only good for about 5 years. After that time, you need to retake the exam to get certified again.
Project Management Degree
Many colleges are starting to offer project management degrees with this increased interest in project managers by companies. These may be called different things at different colleges and they may require different classes. For exampled, Penn State has Master of Project Management Degree that is done completely online. The main focus of study for this degree include:
- Planning, cost, and value management
- Project control
- Human issues
- Strategic issues
Just like with any degree you will be required to take certain core classes. You will then make up the rest of your credits with elective courses that help you steer your project management degree towards the career you want after college.
There is no general project management course or degree, you need to choose the path that is right for your future career. There are also no Bureau of Labor Statistics on a "Project Manager" per se. The salary is going to be determined by what industry you work in. The growth is still just getting started but is likely to show forward movement in the years to come.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Project Managers Stay in Charge and Out in Front", on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2006/summer/art03.pdf (visited June 29, 2013).
Project Management Institute, on the internet at http://www.pmi.org/default.aspx (visited June 29, 2013).