Project Management Jobs
Here you will find everything you might want to know about different jobs in project management, including:
- What kind of project management jobs are out there?
- What can you expect from a typical project management job description?
- What do you need to get a job in project management?
What kind of project management jobs are there?
A project manager can be hired to oversee and implement a diverse range of projects. The type of project management job you will be able to get will largely depend on the industry you work in, the qualifications you have, the type of company offering the job, as well as the job’s location and particular specifications.
4 INTERESTING AREAS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS
- Defence: This is a big industry around the world, even in South Africa. Countries pour a lot of money into military and defence projects, as well as military technology development.
- Sustainability: Big companies around the world are undertaking major projects to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- Healthcare: Private healthcare companies are growing exponentially, often relying on expensive and large-scale projects.
- NGOs: Non-Governmental Organisations often launch international projects that need grass-root employment and management.
What industry is the job in?
Each project has a unique purpose and goal defined by the industry or sector it relates to. Because of this, project management jobs are usually integrated into other industries.
Almost all industries make use of project managers. However, the industries where this profession is by far the largest and most profitable are:
- IT or Computer Engineering
These are all industries that rely on the effective execution of large-scale and expensive projects. Other industries that also habitually employ project managers are:
- Marketing and Advertising
And don’t forget about governmental departments or international organisations such as the United Nations, who run major projects all over the world!
What qualifications do you have?
The most successful project managers bring more than just management skills to their jobs – they bring experience and expertise in other fields, too. Likewise, the best-paid project managers have qualifications in engineering or IT (depending on which field they work in) as well.
You can, however, start off with general project management training, and build experience in a specialised field as part of a project management team.
It is important to realise that you don’t have to hold an engineering degree to become a specialist project manager. All the previous knowledge and experience you have can be utilised in your job as a project manager. For example:
- If you organised church bazaars for your community – you have experience that can help you organise expos and events.
- If you have work experience in retail – you have unique insight into what would make commercial projects succeed.
- If you worked in a call centre, you already have expertise that can help you take on corporate sales projects.
Take a look at this project management career path infographic to learn more:
What level position do you qualify for?
There is plenty of work in project management. However, you might struggle to find a position that sui