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Project Management Professional

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

  • Avg. Salary $98,643.00
  • Avg. Wage $47.41
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 14,900
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Project Lead, Project Manager

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Construction Managers (0711) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Construction Managers (A371) 
  • 2011 NOC: Construction managers (0711) 
  • 2016 NOC: Construction managers (0711) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

31%
31%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Interest Codes
The Project Management Professional is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Construction Managers
DIRECTIVE

Interest in co-ordinating information to direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedules, specifications and budgets; and in directing purchases of building materials and land acquisitions and in supervising the activities of subcontractors and staff

METHODICAL

Interest in preparing contracts, in planning and preparing construction schedules and milestones, in monitoring progress against established schedules and in developing and implementing quality control programs

social

Interest in negotiating revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Project management professionals oversee projects and bring them from conception to conclusion. In doing so, they must meet the stakeholders’ requirements by:

  • keeping to a schedule
  • adhering to project design or specifications
  • working within the project budget.

In general, they:

  • conceive of and plan work projects
  • develop feasibility studies and business cases
  • identify project outcomes, organizational impacts, expected benefits and logic models
  • identify initiatives and obtain political buy-in
  • 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, such as planning for risk, uncertainty and complexity
  • 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
  • establish ongoing measurement frameworks, monitoring and evaluating
  • conduct post-project meetings with stakeholders and staff to discuss lessons learned.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Project managers usually spend a large portion of their time working in office environments, but also may work on-site at construction sites or other locations, depending on the industry. These sites may be subject to variable and extreme weather conditions.

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

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Project management professionals need:

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

They should enjoy supervising and managing other people, and be able to work effectively and productively with individuals at all levels of an organization, from frontline staff to executives.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Project managers generally require a technical degree or diploma in a subject related to their industry, along with extensive work experience and proven knowledge of the industry. Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. Education and experience in project management is required and may lessen the amount of industry experience necessary for some positions.

There are multiple approaches to the skill of project management. A couple examples are PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) and PRojects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PRiSM).


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Mount Royal University

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

University of Alberta

University of British Columbia

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Certification may not be required for employment as a project manager, but can be a beneficial asset.

The Project Management Institute offers the following credentials:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA).

Post-secondary schools such as University of Alberta and Mount Royal University offer PMP exam preparation courses. For more information on the specifics of these programs visit the school websites.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Project management professionals may be employed in a wide variety of fields or industries. They can work for a company or organization, or they can be self-employed and work on a contract basis. They are needed in most fields and industries, such as:

  • administration
  • aerospace
  • architecture
  • computer networking
  • construction
  • education
  • government services
  • health
  • information technology and software development
  • interior design
  • marketing
  • multiculturalism 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. However, education in project management techniques and methods can often lessen the amount of work experience required. Advancement opportunities are usually in the continued areas of project responsibility, overseeing operational organizations and attaining executive and strategic roles.

Project management professionals are commonly part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0711: Construction managers occupational group. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this occupational group work in the Construction [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] 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)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the A371: Construction Managers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.2% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 31 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2017

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

Construction managers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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  • Average
  • Median
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Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $59.14 $37.61 $36.30
Overall $28.85 $73.06 $47.41 $47.36
Top $34.62 $87.41 $58.51 $55.45

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Public Administration
ALL INDUSTRIES
Construction
Oil & Gas Extraction
Manufacturing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

31%
31%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

25%
25%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

Vacancy Rate

3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Project Management Institute website: www.pmi.org

PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) website: www.prince2.com

PRojects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PRiSM) through GPM Global website: www.greenprojectmanagement.org

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Updated Mar 31, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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