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Project management is an exciting, dynamic business discipline, that is on the rise in Australia..

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121,700 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022

What does the project management industry look like?

Many companies, both large and small, require project managers to initiate, plan, manage and execute many different types of projects.

Employers look for project managers that are:

  • adept at developing, reviewing and negotiating variations to contracts, programs and projects
  • good at responding to questions, dealing with diverse stakeholders, and resolving problems.

They also need to keep projects on scope, from timing to budgeting, then wrapping a project up, and often reporting on it, then improving processes. Project managers might then collect and analyse data and information that is associated with the projects undertaken.

What skills do you need to work in project management?

Working as a project manager would be an excellent role for someone who is:

  • business minded
  • likes a challenge
  • adept at dealing with many issues at one time, resolving complex issues from a rational point of view.

Project managers might work in any type of industry, yet common roles can be found in: 

  • construction
  • business
  • insurance
  • engineering
  • software
  • information technology.

Useful skills in project management include: 

  • strong leadership skills
  • “big-picture” thinking and vision
  • conflict resolution skills
  • a solid attention to detail.

Find out more about project management careers by checking the statistics and summary below.

I applied some of the theory from the course in real work situations and was commended for my work in some of the projects I was involved in.
Student Q&A: Julio Hablutzel
, BSB41515 - Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
Read the full testimonial

Project management industry insights

There's no doubt that the area of Project Management is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

Outlook
  • Future job growth
    Strong growth expected
    *Up to 8,400 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    Very large
    There are 113,000 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    Most regions
    Job roles for this profession can be found in most areas of Australia.*Source
Salary
  • Full time
    Program managers
    Average of $154,000 - 262,000 per annum
  • Full time
    Project analysts
    Average of $70,000 - 100,000 per annum
  • Full time
    Project contract managers
    Average of $100,400 - 170,000 per annum
  • Considerations
     
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Age range
  • 34 years old and younger
    33.7%
  • 35-54 years
    54.8%
  • 55 years and older
    11.5%
Education levels
  • Below Certificate III
    20.6%
  • Certificate III and IV
    17.5%
  • Diploma and above
    61.9%

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Why study project management with Upskilled?

Upskilled’s interactive project management courses are delivered online, which gives you the ability to manage your study load against your career and other responsibilities.

Many people undertake study alongside a job; and the online format of Upskilled’s courses means that they are excellent for busy, working professionals.

What will you learn?

During your online course, you will gain real, accredited skills that could see your career reach new heights.

You’ll learn how to:

  • engage in collaborative alliances
  • manage program delivery and risk
  • work with set timelines.

Other skills you might learn would be how to:

  • manage program risk
  • develop a business case
  • develop contracts
  • manage contracted performance.

What other study perks do you get with Upskilled?

Furthermore, your online course includes:

  • comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study
  • a dedicated online lecturer will be provided to assist you in your learning process and offer academic support
  • access to a range of collaboration and communication tools that enable you to network and discuss with other students in your field, further enriching your overall student experience.

Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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