Do you dream of managing a team of employees? Do you enjoy increasing the efficiency of a project? Do you find yourself analyzing and developing processes to make your work and home life easier? Have you been running projects in your current job or in your volunteer work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a career in project management could be right for you.
What Does a Project Manager Do?
A project manager is an expert multi-tasker and communicator. They oversee all facets of a large project, communicate with all stakeholders and ensure the project is completed successfully. Project managers also need a strong understanding of computer systems and software. These are often used to keep track of project timelines, budgets, and personnel.
Project Management Careers and Salary Potential
This is a growing field, and is projected to remain strong with many opportunities in the years ahead. By 2020, there’s anticipated to be 6.2 million jobs for certified project managers. This represents a 12 percent increase from today’s market, according to the Project Management Institute (PMI). Additionally, project managers with a PMP certification earn approximately 22 percent more annually than project managers without one. This percentage increases with experience.
How to get Certification and Training
At SPC’s Workforce Institute, we offer project management certification exam prep classes. This includes training for non-degree seeking students in the Tampa Bay area. Students can focus on the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Certification. These classes are designed to prepare professionals to sit for and pass the PMI Certification exam(s).
In order to sit for one of PMI’s certification exams, you must meet certain minimum criteria. A key criteria requirement is to meet a specific amount of hours of project management education. One of the best ways to receive this education is by attending a certification exam prep class in your area. These hours count!
Additionally, If you are new to project management, SPC offers a 2-day Project Management Fundamentals course. This course begins by answering the question “What is project management?” Next it outlines the roles and value of project management in today’s business world. You’ll cover topics such as project stakeholders, scope, budget, schedule, communications and risk. There is a specific focus on leadership and best practices in project management.
St. Petersburg College also offers a Project Management Bachelor’s Certificate. Click here for more information.
About SPC’s Workforce Institute
At SPC’s Workforce Institute, we pride ourselves in offering a trusted suite of services. These courses are both affordable and accessible to individuals and organizations.
For goal-oriented individuals and businesses committed to accelerated professional growth, the Workforce Institute has lots to offer. This includes training, continuing education, industry certifications, licenses and career pathways. Industry experts teach you the skills that local employers are looking for to get ahead in many career fields.
Funding assistance and payment plan options may be available. To learn more about SPC’s Workforce Institute, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 341-4445.