Career Highlight: What Does a Project Manager Do?

Provided by Penn State World Campus

Individuals who pursue a degree in project management are able to explore careers in manufacturing, information services, higher education, engineering, real estate development, and many other fields. If you are interested in international business or international relations, this career field may be a great choice for you. Because we live in a global community where business is swiftly transpiring across the world, project managers are needed to manage and fortify these relationships.

Job Description and Responsibilities

Regardless of the industry, a project manager is responsible for establishing the overall cohesiveness of a project. They set goals, manage the budget, and oversee all operations through project completion. While many others are involved in completing the project, the project manager orchestrates all aspects, every step of the way.

Project managers may work with the sponsoring body leadership to create and plan the new idea. Once the idea is established, the project manager determines exactly what will be needed to complete the project and, most importantly, assembles a team of individuals who have the skillsets necessary to get it done. While the project manager must possess solid planning and organization skills, they must also have strong communication skills.

Job Outlook

According to the Project Management Institute’s Job Growth and Talent Gap for 2017-2027, “On an annualized basis, employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027.”

Earning Your Project Management Degree

Penn State World Campus is a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) and offers a Master of Project Management and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, both offered online. The master’s degree contains electives in topics such as enterprise architecture, enterprise resource planning (ERP) with SAP software, supply chain management, or independent study focusing on an issue in your organization.

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