Channel your natural ability to organise into a rewarding professional career by studying a project management course.
What do project management graduates do?
After completing a project management course, you’ll have the opportunity to work in project administration and project management roles across a wide variety of industries. Because of this, your responsibilities will change depending on your project and your sector. However, you can expect to perform general tasks such as:
- Consulting with key stakeholders to determine project objectives and resources;
- Developing, reviewing and implementing a project management plan;
- Developing, reviewing and evaluating a critical path method, and using project management software to catalogue key steps;
- Allocating project resources, including financial resources, capital assets and human resources;
- Conducting an extensive risk assessment and developing tools to mitigate project risk;
- Making decisions and approving project activities;
- Negotiating and awarding contracts for supply;
- Developing and delegating programs, activities and objectives;
- Developing, implementing and monitoring a project timeline;
- Managing paperwork associated with contracts, programs, projects and services;
- Responding to problems and developing solutions, including working closely with people affected and relevant external stakeholders;
- Working with other project managers and key specialists;
- Reporting to senior management on project status and projections;
- Overseeing and supervising work, including work performed by contractors;
- Preparing and reviewing written submissions and requests;
- Reporting on project outcomes, including collating and analysing data; and
- Evaluating and analysing project success.
Project management course graduates may seek employment in a wide range of industries, working in project management, project administration, business management or other leadership roles. After completing a project management course, you may work as a:
- Project Administrator
- Program Administrator
- Project Support Officer
- Contract Officer
- Quality Officer
- Small Business Operator
- Project Manager
- Management Consultant
- Project Leader
- Project Team Leader
- General Manager
- Managing Director
- Operations Manager
- Business Development Manager
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- Company Partner
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Administrative Officer
- Project Contract Manager
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You’ll excel working in a project management role if you:
- Are highly organised and motivated
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Can make effective decisions
- Can work well with a team
- Are proactive and autonomous
- Enjoy delegating and managing
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Like taking responsibility
- Are a good listener
- Can focus on both details and the bigger picture
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, project management is a large and growing sector in Australia. Job Outlook reports that job opportunities in project management have been growing steadily since 2005, with approximately 126,600 people employed as project managers across Australia. This figure is likely to rise, with Job Outlook predicting growth will continue until at least 2020, where approximately 20,000 new project managers will be employed.
The size of the profession indicates that employment opportunities are available for project managers in most areas of Australia.
PayScale reports average salaries for general project managers and managers across more specialised industries. On average, a project manager may expect to earn between $62,000 and $141,000, with an average annual salary of $96,000. A project manager working in the construction industry may expect to earn between $60,000 and $153,000 per year, with an average salary of $98,000, and a project manager working in information technology may expect to earn between $68,000 and $147,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $109,000 per year.
PayScale reports a positive trend for earning capacity against work experience, with project managers with more than 20 years of experience earning up to $20,000 per year more than people with 10 to 20 years of work experience. Working in a specialised field may also increase a project manager’s earning capacity.