WHAT DO PROJECT MANAGERS DO?
Project managers are the people in charge of a specific project or projects within a company. As the project manager, your job is to plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of the specific project you are working on. Project managers may work closely with upper management to make sure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, as well as other departments for support. Project managers might work by themselves, or be in charge of a team to get the job done.
Project managers can work in a variety of fields, from from technical/IT to human resources, to advertising/marketing to construction and more.
HOW MUCH DO PROJECT MANAGERS MAKE?
This depends a lot on what kind of field you are in and the scop of the project you are hired to manage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, construction managers made a median annual pay of $83,860, or $40.32 an hour. Computer/IT managers made $55.67 an hour, or $115,780 yearly. Human resources managers made a median of $47.68 an hour or $99,180 yearly.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Again, this varies greatly depending on the field of work, but on-the-job experience in the line of work is a must. In most instances you will need a bachelor's degree in a related field, and in more technical fields you will need a master's degree or equivalent.
Certification as a project management professional (PMP) is also available.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Leadership Skills: You will have to keep your employees motivated, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions for your employees.
- Time Management: You will be working with employees, customers and management, often spinning multiple plates at once.
- Math and Budgeting: Project managers are expected to keep and maintain a budget in almost every field. You will need to be confident in using math skills to make sure you know where your company's money is going.
- Analytical Skills: You will also need analytical skills to be able to solve problems that may come up during a typical work day. You will be analyzing data and making decisions that affect the project on a regular basis.