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Should I Get a Degree in Project Management?

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Are you a leader? Do you like overseeing projects as they take shape? Are you highly organized, and do you relish making sure every detail is in place? If this describes you, then perhaps a degree in project management is worth exploring.

At the core, a project manager is someone who has a strong foundation of organizational skills. But when you look deeper, you know how much more the job title demands. Project managers are, of course, responsible for all aspects of a project, from the planning to the execution, and finally to its conclusion.

But what goes into ensuring success? A good project manager can give the employer and clients peace of mind that a project is being completed in the most efficient manner possible in regard to time, money and resources. A good project manager must work well and communicate effectively with the employer, the client, and the team in place to complete the project.

It is common for project managers to work in a diverse range of fields, including:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • engineering
  • information technology
  • consulting

A degree in project management shows potential employers that you are a project management professional and have learned important skills such as time management, the ability to implement strategic change, and cost management.

Those who earn their degree in this field can learn how to:

  • lead and manage diverse teams within an organization.
  • perform risk assessments.
  • develop and use Gantt Charts, CPM and PERT techniques.
  • create a project plan that includes cost, scheduling and risk assessment.

Because of the recognition of how important – and rare – well-trained project managers can be, a project management degree can open up the road to new career opportunities or a promotion. You can pursue either a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in project management to improve your expertise. Also, some colleges and universities allow you to specialize in project management in different fields, such as business and informational technology.

Where do you sign up? Do your research about schools. It may make sense for you to pursue a project management degree online, which gives you the flexibility to continue working full-time while going to school. Pursuing a degree online while balancing a full-time job and family obligations also gives potential employers a concrete example of your time-management and organizational skills.

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