Have you ever thought about becoming a project manager?

A project manager is a lot like the ring leader in a circus.

They ensure all the performances go smoothly and according to schedule, all while managing the clowns, trapeze artists, and elephants (or paperwork, team members, and deadlines!)

What Does A Project Manager Do?

In the broadest sense, project managers (PMs) are responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the completion of specific projects for an organization.

To ensure product success PMs call the shots on:

  • Scope (required work)

  • Budget (the financial resources)

  • Schedule (sequence or timing of activities)

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Every time a new product, service or result is needed, a project begins.

Larger projects are most likely to succeed if they have a project manager dedicated to keeping the project on track.

Where Do Project Managers Work?

Project managers are found in nearly every industry you can think of:

  • Public service

  • Private industry

  • Not-for-profit organizations

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What industries hire Project Managers?

How Much Money Do Project Managers Earn?

Depending on experience, education/certification and the industry, project managers typically take home a nice paycheck.

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the median salary for project managers is about $75,000 CAD.

Flaticon Icon In the US, the median salary for project managers is about $112,000 USD.

While these are not likely to be starting salaries for someone just entering the field, they do represent what you're likely to earn if you pursue a long-term career in the field.

What Skills Do Project Managers Need To Be Successful?

Successful project managers need a variety of knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively meet the needs of demanding projects.

Many skills will be specific to the company or industry, but a few are universal:

  • Organization

  • Time management

  • Problem solving

  • Decision making

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

  • Ability to influence and motivate team members

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David Bookhammer

David Bookhammer, MBA, PMP Training & Development