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Careers in Project Management

How to have a successful career in project management


Lead and motivate a team to surpass expectations and achieve career success

If you want to utilise your leadership and management skills to head up projects and have them successfully completed on time and within budget, project management may be the perfect career choice.

A successful career in project management requires an analytical mind and an ability to work well under pressure. You must be up for a challenge, be able to think outside the box to problem solve, and lead and motivate a team towards a unified goal.

From initiation to closure, you must be able to keep calm and focussed, use strategic planning to stick to specified deadlines and budgets, and keep all team members motivated and working cohesively.


Industry insights

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Specialist Managers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000)*.


Specialist Managers


What type of career do you want?

Project management is a broad career that can cover a variety of industries, and project sizes. Charged with ensuring individual projects are delivered on time and on or under budget, Project Managers look also after risk management, quality, human resources and stock procurement.

Once qualified, you could enjoy career opportunities such as:

  • Project Manager (generic)
  • Project Manager (industry specific)
  • Project Leader
  • Project Team Leader
  • Project Contract Manager
  • Project Vendor Manager


Career options

Project Manager

Ensure projects are completed on time and within budget, while ensuring all team members are working together effectively and efficiently.


Chief Operating Officer

Oversee ongoing business operations within a company, working directly with the CEO.

*Source last updated September 2015

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