Project managers ensure that a project is completed on time, within budget, and that its objectives are met. They oversee the project, manage the team, ensure the most efficient resources are used and ensure that all parties involved are satisfied.
Project Managers can expect to make an average salary of $106,700 annually (or $114,400 in total compensation package). The highest earners for this role can expect to see around $119,100 annually (or $127,700 in total compensation).
*Current as of December 2022.
Verbal Communications, Leadership, Detail Orientation, Management, Innovative, Consulting, Organization, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Research/ Presenting, Planning, Influencing, Mentorship, Time Management
Can create draft project charters.
Can create draft project charters Understands key stakeholder needs.
Can identify high-level risk, assumptions and constraints.
Assures project is aligned with organizational objectives and customer needs.
Creates scope statements that reflect organization and customer needs and expectations (Describe project goals, outcomes, results and implementation scenarios).
Can gain buy-in for project charters.
Ability to manage multiple project work-streams.
Can establish change management processes.
Can develop a quality and risk plan.
Can develop a project schedule and plan (Knowledge to produce accurate calculations on time necessary to fulfill future technical tasks based on past and present information and observations or plan the estimated duration of individual tasks in a given project).
Define the work-plan, duration, deliverables, resources and procedures a project has to follow to achieve its goals.
Can develop a budget, cost management and resource allocation plan.
Gains agreement on project scope and deliverables.
Can form and align a project team with clear roles and responsibilities.
Driving a team to make decisions.
Gains material resources as needed.
Schedule team work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives.
Leads project teams and members working in a team or individually, to maximize their performance and contribution.
Successfully manages quality and risk.
Manages stakeholder and team member expectations through project.
Can successfully guide team and stakeholders through execution of project plan and achievement of goals.
Gains understanding of business goals, process flows and understands project components, identifying dependencies and risks, motivating project team members to meet deliverables.
Follows formal project close out process.
Releases project resources.
Lessons learned analyzed and recorded for future projects.
Gains acceptance of all outcomes by project stakeholders.
Remediation plan for what went well/ didn’t go well.
Tracks project using standard PM toolset and keep all stakeholders clearly and reliably informed.
Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this.
Risks and quality managed to optimize project outcomes.
Project team managed. (Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed.)
Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.
To be a Project Manager, employers typically look for a Bachelor’s degree in Business or Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field/experience. Being a Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner is also valuable. Other preferred and/or required certifications for a Project Manager include: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Project Management Professional Certification, Certified Power Quality Professional, and/or Salesforce Certification.
Below is a list of TechPoint programs and our partner programs in Indiana that offer experiences to develop digital skills for a Project Manager. These include certificate and degree attainment, internship programs, and mentorship to help you prepare for a career in tech.
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Here are the TechPoint programs and partner organizations for K-12 students to get training and experience in this field.
Here are the TechPoint programs and partner organizations for college students to get training experience in this field.
Here are the TechPoint programs and partner organizations for career changers to get training and experience in this field.