Project manager

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How to become a Project Manager

Here are some steps you can follow to become a project manager:

  1. Start by earning a bachelor's or associate degree. The more you specialize in your education, the easier you will enter the industry of your choice.
  2. Then, get experience. Project managers often start as an assistant or coordinator and get promoted. Experience is an asset on your resume.
  3. Get certified. The most recognized project management certification is provided by the Project Management Institute (PMI). If you want to work in the construction field, the Construction Management Association of America and the American Institute of Constructors offer certification programs.

What skills help Project Managers find jobs?

  • Project Management
  • Microsoft Project
  • Construction Experience
  • Project Management Software
  • Construction Management
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Auto Restoration
  • Microsoft Office
  • Communication Skills
  • Restoration
  • Microsoft Word
  • Construction Estimating

Career progression for Project Manager

Education levels for Project Managers

1%4%9%11%76%Doctoral DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Project Manager job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience56k64k72k79k87kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Project Manager in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Project Managers

  • PMP
  • Certified Project Manager
  • CAPM
  • LEED Certification
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • PMI Certification
  • Professional Engineer
  • Driver's License
  • OSHA 30
  • IICRC Certification
  • PgMP
  • OSHA 10
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Project Manager

What are the essential skills of a project manager?

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to tolerate stress
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Excellent decision-making
  • Adaptability
  • Organization
  • Contract management skills
  • Risk management
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