Project Management - Career Information

What is a project manager?

A Project Manager applies his / her knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements.

Most of the project management techniques we used today were developed during the 1950s and 60s by the US defence-aerospace industry. Many organisations adopt the project management techniques into their ongoing operations as projects (management by projects), increasing career opportunities.

 Employment opportunities

According to the information abstracted from Australian Institute of Project Management web site, this profession is growing rapidly and a quick review of the employment pages reveals just how diversified this profession has become.

For example, job advertisements featuring project management as an accounting skill almost doubled between 1999 and 2000, and a Project Manager in the IT sector is one of the highest paying technical positions in the industry. The number of positions which specify project management skills as a pre-requisite or desirable have doubled in the past 18 months.

In the 21st century, due to the innovation in technologies, globalisation and higher expectations from various stakeholders, business competition will be severe.

More stringent project control and setting of priorities will be put in place. IT will be extensively used in all areas of control. Hence competent project managers will be increasingly demanded and their selection, training, evaluation and retention in appropriate industry environment become important in future.

Graduate qualities

Graduates from our programmes should be able to perform as project managers at appropriate levels in multi-discipline industries including:

  • Information technology

  • Construction and engineering

  • Design and architectural

  • Business and media

  • Service-based industries, etc

The functions of a typical project manager shall include:

  • Establish a project brief within its environments;

  • Prepare project plans to meet project objectives and requirements;

  • Develop documentation to achieve project objectives within time, cost and quality;

  • Use appropriate management tools for monitoring and control of the projects;

  • Understand the use and application of effective project management techniques throughout the life cycle of a project.
Professional recognition

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has certification programs leading to RegPM status. It is a competency-based workplace assessment program based on the National competency Standards for Project Management. The RegPM award identifies professional project managers who attain and maintain best practice application of project management.

There are three levels of awards:

  • Qualified Project Practitioner (QPP)

  • Registered Project Manager (RPM)

  • Master Project Director (MPD)

(Extract from AIPM homepage)


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