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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

Average Wage
  • 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

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


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


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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Updated Dec 16, 2016

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
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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.

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 Dec 16, 2016

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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.

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 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.

Over 15,600 Albertans are employed in the Construction managers ccupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 31 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As project management professionals form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for project management professionals.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
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
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Public Administration
Oil & Gas Extraction
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

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Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Project Management Institute website:

PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE) website:

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

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Updated Mar 28, 2013. 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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