Is a Project Management Certification Right for You?

Is a Project Management Certification Right for You?

Are you looking for new career opportunities?  Project management may open doors for you in two ways.

#1:  Project management crosses all industries and functional disciplines

Project management may be the best way to jump from one industry experiencing a slowdown to other industries which are on the rise and in high demand.  Some people feel stuck. Project management can help you get unstuck!  Because project management crosses industries and disciplines, a skilled project manager may be able to translate their expertise successfully into other industries.

Project intensive areas which have the highest percentage of project oriented work include: manufacturing, business services, finance and insurance, oil and gas, information services, construction, healthcare and utilities.

#2:  Project management jobs are in high demand.

According to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Industry Growth Forecast between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created worldwide.  That’s 1.57 million new roles each year!   That sounds like a lot until you consider it’s worldwide in all industries, disciplines, companies and countries.

If that sounds good to you, then you’ll also be asking yourself if you should consider getting a project management certification.  The answer is yes!  Of course, it all depends on your own professional goals.  Here are some things to think about.

  • According to the latest PMI salary survey, project practitioners with the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential earn 14% more than their non-certified peers.
  • The PMP credential has been around since 1984 and has very high brand recognition.  If you are currently looking for employment, you know how hard it is to even get an interview for a project management position if you don’t have the credential.  The PMP increases your marketability.
  • The credentials available through PMI are recognized around the world and it’s yours to keep.  On the other hand, most certificate programs offered through employers or universities have limited recognition outside their sphere of influence.

Learn more about these credentials through PMI.  Call us to schedule an exam prep class today!

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