Project Management Career Outlook

The projected growth of project management career opportunities within the United States is substantial. The rapid growth in demand for project management roles and the exceptional salary levels in the profession make obtaining professional project management training extremely desirable to competitive job seekers according to a report conducted by the Anderson Economic Group’s “Project-Oriented Employment Trends and Costs of a Skills Gap: 2010 to 2020”, commissioned by the Project Management Institute. With this type of job outlook, it is no wonder why our Project Management Certificate Program is so popular. Below are several important points to consider when looking into choosing Project Management as a career choice.

  • Expanding Job Markets – Over twelve percent growth resulting in over 6.2 million jobs in 2020.
  • Career Mobility – Project management skills are transferable and can be utilized in virtually any industry from consumer goods, business services to information technology.
  • Rising Salaries – Median Project Practitioner Salary in the United States $108,000, ranking third in the world after Australia and Switzerland. The availability of open positions is just part of the appeal of a project management career path; the substantial salaries are another enticement. According to the Project Management Institute, the average annual salary for PMP® certified Project Managers in the U.S. is $111,824, almost $14,000 more than the salary of those without PMP certification.
  • Growing Industries – Project intensive industries are those occupational areas that have a high level of project orientated work, such as, Manufacturing, Business Services, Finance & Insurance, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Information Technology Services, Construction, and Utilities.

Is a Project Management career for you? Ask yourself, are up to the challenge in overseeing various key project contributions within diverse teams and managing key stakeholders needs? If so, the first step is to set a professional development plan and find the right specialized training program for you. Consider what will set your resume apart from the competition – factors such as, accreditation, program outcomes, program delivery, and instructional staff.


PMP®, CAPM®, and PMI® are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)

University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education is a PMI® Registered Education Provider. As a R.E.P. we have been approved by PMI® to issue professional development units (PDUs) for all our project management courses.

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