What does a Project Manager do?

Project managers are responsible for planning and overseeing projects to ensure they are completed in a timely fashion and within budget. Project managers plan and designate project resources, prepare budgets, monitor progress, and keep stakeholders informed the entire way. This is all done within the confines of a company's goals and vision. Project managers are needed on a wide variety of projects, including construction, IT, HR, and marketing.

Project managers generally need to have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or business, as well as several years of experience in the relevant line of work with increasing responsibility. Many project managers choose to pursue a Project Management Professional (PMP) cerfication. To obtain a PMP certification, one must have a degree (associate's or Bachelor's), a certain number of hours leading and directing projects, a certain number of hours of project management education, pass an exam, and participate in ongoing professional development. Successful project managers are detail-oriented and have excellent communication skills.

  • Determine and define project scope and objectives
  • Predict resources needed to reach objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner
  • Prepare budget based on scope of work and resource requirements
  • Track project costs in order to meet budget
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan
  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
  • Utilize industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout entire project execution
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as needed
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, business, or a related field
  • 5-8 years of project management and related experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively
  • Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices
  • Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and extremely resourceful
  • Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget, and timeline
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Project Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$100,500 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $101K
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Project Manager Career Path

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Senior Project Manager
7 Jun 2021

“The experiences I have gained along the way are irreplaceable and valuable to my career growth.”

Project Manager
12 May 2021

“The people I get to work with daily are helpful and nice to get to know.”

Project Manager
10 Aug 2021

“It sometimes gets boring otherwise the post i was on was really good and never got boring.”

F.A. WilhelmF.A. Wilhelm
Assistant Project Manager
3 Jun 2021

“The projects we do are rewarding and overall allow you to learn a great deal about construction.”

Project Manager
24 Aug 2021

“Everyone is smart and dedicated and it is the best part of working at Condeco.”

McCarthy BuildingMcCarthy Building
Project Scheduler
15 Nov 2020

“Great bonus based on our effort and contribution on the job so motivation is high.”

Senior Project Manager
5 Jan 2020

“Some great clients and projects but Capgemini Australia is not a scratch on overseas operations.”

The Building PeopleThe Building People
Project Assistant
6 Nov 2020

“I am fairly new however the onboarding process was very pleasant and everyone was very welcoming.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a project manager

When working as a project manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, PMP, Consulting and Agile.

The most similar professions to project manager are:
  • Project Coordinator
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Scrum Master
  • Project Analyst

The most common qualifications to become a project manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.