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Project Manager

What is a Project Manager?

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).

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Foundational Skills

Verbal Communications, Leadership, Detail Orientation, Management, Innovative, Consulting, Organization, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Research/ Presenting, Planning, Influencing, Mentorship, Time Management

Occupational Skills

Initiating a Project

Novice Level
  • Create draft project charters

Emerging Level
  • Create draft project charters Understands key stakeholder needs

  • Identify high-level risk, assumptions and constraints

  • Assures project is aligned with organizational objectives and customer needs

Proficient Level
  • Create scope statements that reflect organization and customer needs and expectations (describe project goals, outcomes, results and implementation scenarios)

  • Gain buy-in for project charters

  • Ability to manage multiple project work-streams

Planning a Project

Novice Level
  • Establish change management processes

  • Develop a quality and risk plan

Emerging Level
  • 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

  • Develop a budget, cost management and resource allocation plan

Proficient Level
  • Gain agreement on project scope and deliverables

  • Form and align a project team with clear roles and responsibilities

  • Drive a team to make decisions

Executing a Project

Novice Level
  • Gain material resources as needed

Emerging Level
  • Schedule team work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives

  • Lead project teams and members working in a team or individually, to maximize their performance and contribution

  • Successfully manage quality and risk

  • Manage stakeholder and team member expectations through project

Proficient Level
  • Successfully guide team and stakeholders through execution of project plan and achievement of goals

  • Gain understanding of business goals, process flows and understands project components

  • Identify dependencies and risks

  • Motivate project team members to meet deliverables

Closing a Project

Novice Level
  • Follow formal project close out process

  • Release project resources

Emerging Level
  • Lessons learned analyzed and recorded for future projects

Proficient Level
  • Gain acceptance of all outcomes by project stakeholders

  • Remediation plan for what went well/didn’t go well

Monitoring & Coordinating a Project

Novice Level
  • Track project using standard PM toolset and keep all stakeholders clearly and reliably informed

Emerging Level
  • Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this

Proficient Level
  • Risks and quality managed to optimize project outcomes

  • Project team management

  • Monitor and measure how an employees undertakes their responsibilities and how well their activities are executed

  • Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals

  • Maintain an effective working relationship among staff


Project Manager

The pathway below represents an example career pathway in the ever-changing Digital Innovation Economy.

business / data analyst

project coordinator / associate PM

project manager

customer success manager

sr. project manager / conversion specialist

director of project management

technical program manager


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