Project Management Professional

A project management professional provides expertise in planning, organizing, directing, controlling, closing and evaluating projects in a variety of fields.

Also Known As:project lead, project manager
NOC Number(s):0711
Minimum Education:2 years post-secondary education/training
Employment Outlook:Job openings: turnover plus new jobs due to average growth in occupation in Alberta 2011-2015
Interests:D M s

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Project management professionals oversee projects and bring them from conception to conclusion while keeping to a schedule, adhering to project design or specifications, and working within the project budget, in order to meet stakeholders' requirements. Project management professionals may be employed in a wide variety of fields or industries.

Project managers perform the following tasks:

  • conceive of and plan work projects
  • recruit, hire, train, organize and supervise project teams, staff and contractors
  • build and maintain sound working relationships with project teams and contractors
  • prepare and submit project designs, plans and specifications
  • create project budgets
  • prepare, revise and sign contracts with clients, contractors and stakeholders
  • represent their company to clients, contractors, stakeholders and union representatives
  • act as an advisor to clients and stakeholders
  • prepare and submit schedules and progress reports
  • direct purchasing and sales activities
  • conduct post-project meetings with stakeholders and staff to discuss lessons learned.

Working Conditions

Project management professionals usually spend a large portion of their time working in office environments, but may also perform worksite or field visits to construction sites, sites or similar locations, depending on the industry in which they work. These sites may be subject to weather conditions.

Travel is sometimes required. Project managers must occasionally work long hours, weekends, and overtime in order to meet project deadlines.

Personal Characteristics

Project management professionals will benefit from having the following characteristics:

  • leadership
  • initiative
  • customer service
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • the ability to diplomatically resolve conflicts or disputes
  • the ability to think logically and critically and solve problems
  • the willingness to take responsibility
  • the ability to make important decisions
  • the ability to handle stressful situations and frequent deadlines
  • an understanding of how to manage money.

They should enjoy supervising and managing other people.

Educational Requirements

Project management professionals generally require a technical degree or diploma in a subject related to their industry, alongside extensive applied work experience and demonstrated knowledge of the industry. Some positions may require bachelor degrees. Education and experience in project management is required and may lessen the amount of industry experience necessary for some positions.

Relevant degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs are available from numerous post-secondary institutions throughout Alberta, including the following:

Program lengths and entry requirements vary. Please see the academic calendars for each institution to ensure that you meet the requirements of the program.

The Project Management Institute offers the following credentials:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP.

There are multiple approaches to the skill of project management. Two examples are PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) and PRojects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PRiSM). Certification may not be required for employment as a project manager, but can be a beneficial asset.

Employment and Advancement

Project management professionals can work for a company or organization or they can be self-employed and contract with them.  Project management professionals are needed in the majority of fields and industries, including:

  • administration
  • aerospace
  • architecture
  • computer networking
  • construction
  • education
  • government services
  • health
  • information technology and software development
  • interior design
  • marketing
  • multiculturism and international aid development
  • oil and gas (including pipeline construction)
  • science
  • telecommunications.

Many other fields in the production, design and service industries also have project management professionals.

Gaining employment as a project manager typically requires extensive experience in a particular industry, though education in project management techniques and methods can often lessen the amount of work experience required.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as retirements increase over the next few years.


Some project management professionals may receive performance-based incentives in addition to their regular salaries.

According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, project management professionals in the construction industry earn between $24.39 and $68.67 per hour, with an average wage of $41.08. Earnings will vary by industry. Data for project management professionals in other industries is currently not available.

For more detailed information, see WAGEinfo.

Other Sources of Information

Post-secondary institution calendars and websites (see Educational Requirements above)

EDinfo website:

Project Management Institute website:

PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) website:

PRojects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PRiSM) through GPM Global website:

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Management Consultant

Related High School Subjects
Business, Administration, Finance and Information Technology (Financial Management; Information Processing; and Management and Marketing); English Language Arts; Mathematics; and Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation (Logistics)

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
Business, Management and Administrative Studies

Produced March 2013
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