Project Management as a Career

This is an article in which we will cover Project Management as a career. If you are thinking of studying Project Management then you are stepping into a gold mine. There is no better time to begin your pursuit of Project Management employment than right now.

With Project Management you can look forward to a rewarding career, great salary, demand in a wide variety of industries, and all of those benefits will continue to improve in the next 10 years.


Why Project Management as a Career?


Here Are 6 Reasons Why Project Management As A Career Is A Good Choice:


1.Companies Are Very Much In Need Of Your Skills

And they will continue to need it, need it, need it, even more.


2.Competitive Salaries

When you reach the highest levels of Project Management you can be sure that you’ll be earning great money.


3.Different skills and tasks

As a project manager, you are a multi-tasker; you do several things at the same time and deal with different situations on a daily basis. So there’s no way you’ll be complaining about boredom in this job.


4.Many opportunities to grow and advance

You won’t be stuck in an entry-level position forever. The more experience you gain and the further qualified you become, the more you’ll be able to apply for higher earning positions.


5.You can work in almost every industry

Every industry is in need of someone who can plan, control, and finish work under time strict deadlines. Although found quite commonly in the IT industry, you can find work in most  Business Services, oil and gas, finance and insurance, manufacturing, and construction industries all over the world.


6.Your work is very important and really makes a difference

When we break down business to its simplest form, you’ll find that it really just comes down to getting things done.

Starting with an idea, planning how we’re going to do something, when we’re going to do something, what resources we have, what resources we need, how long we have to complete it, sticking within that time frame, dealing with any potential things that might go wrong, dealing with things that go wrong and making adjustments.

All the while keeping everyone involved in your project happy and motivated despite any challenges that might come your way. Then actually finishing something and gaining results.

Project Managers are at the forefront of Business success and play a big role in any company.


Project Management Career Options


General Project Management

General Project Management refers to project management that does not necessarily fall under a certain specialized window like IT or Sales. It refers to Project Management roles and duties that can be used in any environment.


General Project Management Job Titles

  • Project Director
  • Project Assistant
  • Program Manager
  • Project Lead
  • Project Coordinator
  • Resource Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Budget Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Quality Control Manager

Various Types Of Project Managers

These refer to certain types of Project Managers that work in certain industries like Construction or Healthcare:

  • IT Project Manager
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Healthcare Project Manager

Industries you can work in

Here are the wide variety of industries you can work in as a Project Manager:

  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Information Technology Industry
  • Construction
  • Entertainment
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Business

Project Management Salary Expectations

Here are the average salaries, at the time of writing, of Project Management Professionals in South Africa according to payscale:

  • Project Management Director: R 809,269 Per Year
  • Project Assistant:  R 156,406 Per Year
  • Program Manager: R 593,939 Per Year
  • Project Coordinator: R 209,889 Per Year
  • Procurement Manager: R 416,709 Per Year
  • Risk Manager: R 507,932 Per Year
  • Quality Control Manager: R 267,428 Per Year

Specialised Project Managers

  • IT Project Manager: R 425,407 Per Year
  • Construction Project Manager: R 368,383 Per Year
  • Clinical Project Manager: R 508,682 Per Year

Please note that you will only be able to get these high-flying salaries after many years of hard work, good performance, networking, further certification and experience.

Project Management Career Outlook

Project Management continues to grow at a very fast pace in terms of its demand and job opportunities – all around the world. According to PMI (Project Management Institute), 15.7 million new project management positions will be created globally.

Certification for Project Managers

As a Project Manager, your chances of employment, promotion and outlook greatly increase when you are certified.

  • Here are a few Project Management Certifications you can gain:
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Certified Project Manager (CPM)
  • Advanced Project Manager Certification (APMC)
  • For a complete list of Project Management Certifications; please follow this link.

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Last Updated: 07 May 2019

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