Many organisations need Project team members and Project Managers, making it a great industry to get into. Project management training opens the doors to a wide range of careers, across most businesses all over the world!
Typically, you would work your way up the ladder for years, from a junior level into senior management, however certain qualifications can help you fast track a career into senior roles like Project Manager.
In this article, we review five jobs available through project management qualifications and project management training courses, to help you with your career development in this sector. We also breakdown what a Project Manager does and review salaries of some of the most popular Project Management jobs around.
Studying industry recognised project management qualifications is a great way to fast track a career in project management and jump ahead of your competition. Below we have highlighted five popular project management career options; however, there are many other job titles you can work towards or apply for right after your project management training, which we have outlined in the next section.
Early Career: Project Assistant - Help coordinate their team members to achieve project objectives. They also facilitate communication and assist with administrative duties.
Early Career: Project Management Support - Support the Project Manager and Project Team in the coordination, planning and control of the project
Mid-Career: Project Manager – Detailed overview below.
Senior Career: Project Leader - Lead people and ensure projects are carried out effectively. Engages with and motivates team members, taking care of their needs and maintaining a friendly and productive work environment.
Senior Career: Project Portfolio Manager - Work to optimise project portfolios, balance capacity against demand, and connect plans and resources to project execution.
According to the Association for Project Management (APM), a Project Manager “is responsible for day-to-day management of the project and must be competent in managing the six aspects of a project, i.e. scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality and resources. Project managers work on specific projects that have definite outcomes, have time limits and have to stay within a budget.”
Project Managers are typically tasked with:
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Project Managers are required to work across a variety of industries, making it a great career choice.
Typically, Project Managers work in the IT, business service, oil and gas, finance and insurance, manufacturing, construction, and utility industries.
A career as a Project Manager can be varied, fulfilling and exciting. If you’re after a productive and full career, this is a good option for you. With clear start and end dates, working on projects allows you to often feel a sense of achievement, as you’ll continually be working towards deadlines throughout your career.
Many Project Managers feel a sense of pride in their work when they deliver something that makes the world a better place, so there is a sense of altruism in this role too.
There’s excellent career progression within project management. Project Managers have a clear career path split between early career, mid-career, and senior roles, outlined below.
Early Career Roles
Financially speaking, Project Managers earn a good salary, averaging around £40,000 in the UK.
Senior Project Managers can earn around £63,000, and top earners can exceed £90,000, meaning there’s excellent scope for development and increased earnings in this sector.
To become a licenced Project Manager, you have to study for and earn your Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. PMP is the gold standard of project management qualifications, with over one million certified professionals worldwide. The PMI state that holders of this qualification can boost their salary by up to 25% compared to non-certified professionals.
Besides earning your PMP qualification, it would be beneficial for you to understand a range of project management techniques, themes, and principles gained from studying the PRINCE2 and AgilePM certificates. Both courses offer Foundation and Practitioner training, and for a career as a Project Management, we suggest you study both levels.
PMP - What you’ll learn
Over the five-day exam preparation PMP course, you will cover the 49 processes of the certification by approaching it through the three domains:
Business Environment (8%)
In addition to this, we will also discuss trends and emerging practices within the profession of project management, how to tailor the sixth edition to suit the needs of your organisation and considerations for organisations that are more agile in terms of their project delivery.
PRINCE2 – What you’ll learn
Our PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner training course teaches you the PRINCE2 methodology, which consists of seven Principles, Themes and Processes. Principles represent the 'why', Themes represent the 'what' and Processes represent the 'how' of project management. Together they provide a navigable path to project management success.
You will also learn the key concepts relating to projects and PRINCE2, understand how the PRINCE2 principles underpin the PRINCE2 method.
AgilePM – What you’ll learn
The Agile Project Management training course is a great way to learn the Agile methodology to gain a detailed understanding of Agile concepts and a better understanding of how they are implemented into a project.
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