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Program Manager

Find out how to become a program manager in the project management sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Program Manager is $104,600 - 155,100 annually

What does a Program Manager do?

Program managers oversee company programs, ensuring that all projects are running smoothly and efficiently. Employment for this role is expected to grow moderately to 2022, from 113,300 workers in 2017 to 121,700 by 2022. 109,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

Read more about the project management industry.

What are the key skills of a Program Manager?

Program managers are highly organised, skilled communicators; able to lead teams of workers and guiding them to achieve project goals.

  • Strong managerial skills for delegating tasks, recruiting the best workers for projects and guiding them in the process
  • Highly organised; able to keep track of team progress and provide regular project reports
  • Able to multitask and deal with several clients
  • Have a strong grasp of the company’s goals/targets and a determined mindset to achieve them
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work efficiently with others and achieve goals
  • Able to identify opportunities for growth or improvement, to enhance business’ competitive position

How to become a Program Manager 

Program Managers generally need extensive leadership and project management experience. They also need a proven record of successfully leading and building a team.

Undertaking a BSB50820 - Diploma of Project Management can give you the skill set needed to prepare for this role, provided that you undertake further study and gain more experience in a high-level project management position. 

Quick facts

Program managers can be found in most industries, with many working full-time positions. Here are a few key facts on the role of a program manager.

Employment for program professionals is expected to grow. From 120,700 in 2020 to 131,400 jobs by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    43 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Public administration and safety; professional, scientific and technical services; and health care and social assistance
  • Job Growth 
    Employment is expected to grow. From 120,700 in 2020 to 131,400 by 2025. 

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

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