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In demand: Project management specialists

If you’re looking for an exciting, fast-paced job working in technology, where no two days are ever quite the same, project management could be the career of your dreams. Project management specialists leverage their exceptional communication and time management skills to ensure that a company’s project teams are acting in alignment with each other and with organizational needs. To accomplish this, PMs build out teams, mitigate risks, manage project budgets, and much more.

The project management career path is an excellent choice if you have a high degree of technical ability, but don’t plan on making coding your full-time day job. But don’t worry about getting bored — ever-changing organizational priorities and needs will ensure that you’ll still find plenty on your plate. Project management roles, for those who can keep on top of the many responsibilities involved, are very rewarding positions that can lead to incredible innovations in both technology and processes.

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Why become a project manager?

Working as a project manager is a great way to join the world of tech without having to learn multiple programming languages or work your way up from customer support roles. There are companies running all kinds of projects in support of their next big moves, and they aren’t all in IT — choice time! Where will you specialize?

IT project managers

If you’re really into technology and all things technical in nature, an IT project manager role could be your best fit. You’ll lead skilled teams of software developers from project kickoff to launch day, keeping everyone in alignment and on time. If you can code, but don’t want to do it 24/7, step on up!

Marketing project managers

If you’re more on the creative side, consider a PM position that will let you flex those talents! Working as a marketing project manager lets you plan and run marketing projects, which helps to drive demand for a company’s solutions. This role involves strategic thinking and planning as well as aesthetic sensibility.

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What technical skills do you need to work in project management?

  • Project Management Tools

    Project management tools are the bread and butter of most project manager jobs, and you’ll need to get familiar with quite a few of them to be successful. Part planning tool, part means of collaboration, part to-do list and scheduler, these apps are powerful indeed. Examples of these tools include ClickUp, Monday.com, and Asana.

  • Resource Management

    Without effective resource management, there would be no project management as we know it! As a senior project manager, you’ll become keenly aware of the link between resources and project success, and you’ll strive to strike the perfect balance between replenishment and consumption of critical resources.

  • Risk Mitigation

    Risk management is another large part of most PM jobs. It may sound odd to focus on what might go wrong when getting started on a project, but savvy PMs know that an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure — by understanding what could go wrong, they’re better able to prepare and respond if and when it does.

  • Quality Control

    As a project management specialist, you’ll be tasked with ensuring that each successive deliverable, as well as the entirety of the project itself, is up to snuff. Since the buck stops with you, make sure you understand how quality control processes work and that you’re familiar with key QA applications and tools.

  • Collaboration and Teamwork Skills

    Tech is a team sport, and nobody knows this better than an IT project manager! In PM positions, your communication and time-management skills are paramount — you can’t keep your team on track without them — so make sure you’re ready to keep everyone in the loop while simultaneously making the trains run on time.

What are the future prospects for project managers?

Project management jobs are great career choices for individuals who feel very comfortable in highly technological environments, but don’t wish to make coding a huge part of their day-to-day life. With millions of project management jobs posted every day, there’s no shortage of demand for the role, and since tech projects now crop up in lots of different industries, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes time to job hunt.

According to research sourced from the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, project management specialist jobs typically require only a bachelor’s degree to attain, and demand is keeping pace with that of most positions. As median salaries approach six figures, the job also offers a high degree of stability when it comes to compensation, which makes it an attractive prospect for individuals who are recent grads or those who are seeking a new career path.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is project manager a good career choice?

    Yes! Provided you’ve got the skills you’ll need to succeed, embarking on a project management career is a strong career move. If you’re looking for an exciting, fast-paced job that will stretch your soft skills as much as your technical abilities, a PM job satisfies all of these requirements and so much more. Although a junior project manager may start out with more modest pay and projects, senior project manager jobs offer compensation well into the respective six figures, with complex and intriguing projects to match.

  • What are some of the most common roles in technical project management?

    When managing highly technical projects, you’ll often be working with diverse, cross-functional teams built to tackle each project’s unique set of goals and stipulations. Each of these projects will be exciting, standing apart from the rest in many respects and providing plenty of challenges for your time management and prioritization skills. But you won’t do it alone! Here are a few general roles you’ll encounter in technical project management positions:

    • Assistant Project Manager: These professionals may or may not actually serve as assistants to the project manager, but as this is a junior level role, there’s still plenty for them to do. Assistant project managers typically own specific tasks or feature sets, treating them like mini projects of their very own.
    • Senior Project Manager: These experts, generally mid-career or later, are extremely accomplished with regards to project management and are generally charged with supervising several projects concurrently. This job involves lots of delegation and prioritization to keep up with evolving organizational change requests and needs!
    • PMO Manager: AKA a project management office manager, this role oversees a company’s standards for projects. Sort of like a super-PM, PMO managers zero in on how the organization runs projects, setting and adjusting policies and guidelines for the project management process that help more projects cross the finish line.
  • What are the job responsibilities of an IT project manager?

    IT project managers are specialists who work within a company’s IT department, which is where the majority of the projects they run will unfold and where their benefits will be realized. These projects are designed to improve a company’s internal technological processes, and can involve matters as complex as developing a new, proprietary sales support application from the ground up. Here are a few of the typical job responsibilities that a PM specializing in IT might encounter from day to day:

    • Develop and plan project ideas
    • Assemble and direct the project development team
    • Monitor progress towards goals and milestones
    • Resolve issues and as yet undiscovered progress blockers
    • Communicate with stakeholders throughout
    • Evaluate success of projects and refine the process for next time
  • What are the qualifications required to become a project manager?

    Setting out on the project management career path is somewhat easier than starting out in most other roles with a technical component and may be simpler for you than the long road to becoming a software developer! For example, while a prospective employer would likely be thrilled to see an advanced STEM degree on your project management focused resume, if you haven’t got one, you won’t be at a huge disadvantage compared to other applicants. Here are a few more generalized job requirements to make sure you meet when you look for PM jobs:

    • Proven work experience in project management.
    • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (which can be non-tech; e.g., business).
    • Superior communication abilities (internal and client-facing, if needed).
    • Exceptional organization and time management skills.
    • Strong knowledge of standard business applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and similar).
    • Experience with project management software and applications.
  • What are the industries that hire project managers?

    PM jobs can be found in any company that runs projects — and nowadays, as you might have guessed, that can be almost any company under the sun! While you probably have a list started of exciting companies and industries to target, take a moment and review this short, generalized list of some of today’s hottest industries that are generally in need of PM specialists:

    • Manufacturing
    • Construction
    • Finance and Banking
    • Insurance
    • Information Services/IT
    • Utilities/Oil and Gas

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