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Project Management Professional

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

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) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Construction Managers

2006 NOC: 0711

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2022

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

  • Bringing together suitable team members
  • Planning and developing the project idea
  • Monitoring progress and keeping to a schedule
  • Adhering to project design or specifications
  • Solving issues that arise
  • Working within the project budget
  • Evaluating work performance at project completion

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, 2022
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary

Most project managers spend a lot of time working in offices. They also may work at construction sites or other locations. It largely depends on the industry. These sites may be subject to variable and extreme weather conditions. They require proper protective equipment.

Project managers may need to travel. They sometimes work long hours, weekends, and overtime to meet deadlines.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Project management professionals need:

  • Leadership skills
  • Initiative
  • Customer service skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to resolve conflicts or disputes tactfully
  • Logical and critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • The ability to handle stressful situations and frequent deadline pressure
  • A willingness to take responsibility
  • An understanding of how to manage money

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Construction managers

2011 NOC: 0711

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jun 25, 2022 and Sep 28, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Construction Specialization: Organized
Tasks: Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate daily operations
Construction Specialization: Team player
Attention to detail
Tasks: Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress
Tasks: Prepare reports
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Construction Specialization: Excellent oral communication
Work under pressure
Tasks: Prepare and submit construction project budget estimates
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

Project managers generally require a technical degree or diploma in a subject related to their industry. They also need 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. More project management experience may lessen the amount of industry experience needed for some positions.

There are many approaches to project management. Examples include PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) 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.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Certification Not Regulated

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).

To apply for the PMP certification, you will require one of the following:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with at least 5 years of project management experience and 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education
  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education

Post-secondary schools such as Mount Royal University offer PMP exam preparation courses. University of Alberta offers a series of courses that can be used as credit towards the required 35 hours of project management education. For more information on the specifics of these programs visit the school websites.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Project management professionals may work in a wide variety of fields or industries. They can work for a company or organization or 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 usually exist in the continued areas of project responsibility. For example, they might oversee operational organizations and attain executive and strategic roles.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 0711: Construction managers occupational group, 78.0% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 0711: Construction managers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 235 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2022

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Construction managers

2016 NOC: 0711
Average Wage
$50.61
Per Hour
Average Salary
$108,142.00
Per Year
Average Hours
41.6
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 0711 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

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.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.08 $63.00 $41.34 $40.87
Overall $30.05 $76.92 $50.61 $49.62
Top $34.77 $96.60 $59.47 $57.00

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Oil & Gas Extraction
Construction
ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
18%
18%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
24%
24%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
3%
3%
Vacancy Rate
1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Project Management Professional of Canada website: www.pmpcanada.com

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, 2022. 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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