Project Management Careers

The duties of a project manager in almost any field could be listed as being responsible for management of all aspects of production from project inception through completion, including input and approval meetings with client, supervision of creative and proposal development, budgeting, identification and coordination of materials and production personnel, scheduling, logistical planning, quality assurance, and administrative support. Project managers define business requirements, and create budgets and schedules for an organization’s information technology projects.

Employment Opportunities

Project Management professionals may work in a variety of environments, but most often degrees in Project Management are focused on the areas of Business and Information Technology.

Skills

Project Management professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill
  • Organizational ability
  • Ability to work on deadline and under pressure
  • Ability to work with diverse teams of professionals
  • Leadership

Industry Spotlight

Computer and information systems managers held about 264,000 jobs in 2006. About 1 in 4 computer managers worked in service-providing industries, mainly in computer systems design and related services. This industry provides services related to the commercial use of computers on a contract basis, including custom computer programming services; computer systems integration design services; computer facilities management services, including computer systems or data-processing facilities support services; and other computer-related services, such as disaster recovery services and software installation. Other large employers include insurance and financial firms, government agencies, and manufacturers.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008