EXPLORE A CAREER IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Learn to manage complex projects and drive key business results. Prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam and become a competitive applicant for thousands of project management jobs.

What does a project manager do?

Being a project manager is like being a coach. As a coach, you’re not the one playing the game, but you are responsible for designing the offensive plays and defensive strategies that you think will help the team win. And, at the end of the day, the coach is held responsible for whether a team wins or loses. 

A project manager’s role is very similar. You don’t execute all of the work, but you are responsible for designing the project plan that the team will follow to execute the work. You’re responsible for keeping the team on track and motivated. And, at the end of the day, you are held responsible for a project’s success.

Daily Tasks performed by project managers

Project managers do things like:

What makes a successful project manager?

You’ll make a good project manager if you are:

  • Goal-oriented
  • Adaptable
  • An organized problem-solver with strong communication skills
  • Able to address unforeseen challenges, and identify problems before they arise

Industry and job growth

Project managers work at the intersection of planning, communication, and management to make sure a team is moving towards the same goal. By 2027, there are expected to be 22 million new project management jobs around the world.

Project management salaries

The salary range for project managers is from $28,000 to $138,000. The median salary for project managers is $78,087. Project managers with over 5 years of experience earn over $90,000 on average.

How to become a project manager

Project management requires learning both technical and non-technical skills including the following: 

  • Planning a project’s scope
  • Budgeting 
  • Scheduling
  • Risk assessment 
  • Task management
  • Communication

In addition, earning the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification can boost your credibility and allow you to get into project management. This exam is offered outside of the Pathstream course, but passing the exam can be a great way of officially signaling your knowledge to the job market. The Pathstream courses will help prepare you for the exam. 

In the Asana Project Management certificate, you’ll learn how to plan and execute projects on schedule on budget, and within scope. Asana is the leading tool to track, manage and connect projects used by companies around the world developed with Asana. 

This certificate will help you become a competitive applicant for the over 2.8 million jobs that have been posted in the last 12 months. This certificate is built for busy people who want to take the next step in their careers. The program is 100% online, and you will have access to experienced instructors ready to support your learning and provide you with personalized feedback. Moving at your own pace, you’ll work through projects that mirror the ones you’ll need to perform on the job. 

For example, you’ll create a project charter and scope statement, develop a project work breakdown structure, develop a stakeholder engagement plan, build the project budget and schedule, and create a communication plan and risk implementation plan. You will master in-demand tools like Asana and Google Sheets and be ready to pass the CAPM test. 

Most importantly, when you finish this program, you’ll be ready to apply for roles at companies like Google Amazon, MasterCard, and United Healthcare. Or you’ll be ready to take on additional responsibilities that your current job or for your own business will offer career services like coaching, interview prep, and job connections to help you accomplish your goals. Pathstream supports you every step of the way. To learn more about how Pathstream will support you, read this article.

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