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.
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Learn how to become a Project Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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“The experiences I have gained along the way are irreplaceable and valuable to my career growth.”
“The people I get to work with daily are helpful and nice to get to know.”
“It sometimes gets boring otherwise the post i was on was really good and never got boring.”
“The projects we do are rewarding and overall allow you to learn a great deal about construction.”
“Everyone is smart and dedicated and it is the best part of working at Condeco.”
“Great bonus based on our effort and contribution on the job so motivation is high.”
“Some great clients and projects but Capgemini Australia is not a scratch on overseas operations.”
“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.
- 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.