Ten Reasons to Become a Project Manager

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Updated 2016-07-27 Email


In the age of agility, project managers are becoming indispensable in their organizations. In fact, demand for these professionals will grow significantly: By 2020, 700,000 more project management jobs will be created in the United States, according to the Project Management Institute (PMI). Companies seek out proven project managers because teams frequently struggle in this area. According to research from the Standish Group, only a third of IT projects are successful, and a quarter of them are outright failures. So, if you pursue this vocation, what's in it for you? Well, there's the enviable compensation, of course. But you'll also position yourself to command great influence organizationwide, leading your company in responding to challenges related to innovation, market shifts and disruptive tech. You'll tackle a great variety of tasks, and you'll help team members advance in their careers and skills development in the process. To elaborate on these and other benefits, we're presenting the following list of 10 reasons to become a project manager. Our list was compiled from online research and insights posted by organizations such as Bright Hub Project Management, Global Knowledge Training and the aforementioned Project Management Institute.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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