Project Management: The Career You Never Knew You Needed

How would you like a career with a high salary? How about a career that allows you to work anywhere in almost any industry? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should consider a career in project management! According to the Project Management Institute, project management is “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.” They’re the ones responsible for initiating, planning, starting, executing, monitoring, and closing projects for a variety of industries.


Why work in Project Management?

  • High salary
  • In high demand
  • Enhance your leadership, communication, and execution skills
  • Work for a variety of industries
  • Opportunities to advance

If you’re not already working in project management, it’s safe to say you’re ready to start planning a career in project management (I mean, with all these benefits why wouldn’t you)? Whether you have several years of project management experience under your belt or just considering it as a possible career path, it’s important to start looking towards the future.


After you’ve gained experience working as a project manager, the next step in being successful in this field is by becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). After successfully passing the PMP exam, you’ll receive your certification and be on your way to beginning the career you’ve always dreamed of.

Benefits of becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP):

  • Even higher salary
    • According to the Project Management Institute, those with a PMP certification “garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification.” Talk about a big raise!
  • Gain a competitive edge
    • When applying to jobs, having a PMP certification gives you quite the advantage. You’re more likely to be hired and have more options available to you with this certificate.
  • Certification recognized globally
    • Project management is a career that allows you to work in almost any industry; including business services, construction, health care, and entertainment. Unlike some certifications that can only be used regionally, the PMP certification is recognized globally, meaning wherever you decide to work, your experience and credentials will be recognized.


If you’re interested in pursuing project management as a career and becoming a certified Project Management Professional, be sure to check out the Applied Project Management Certificate Program offered through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Central Florida. This program provides students with the proper skills, knowledge, and experience they need to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

This program isn’t just for established professionals; anyone interested in entering the project management field is encouraged to enroll, but it’s important to note that the PMP exam has certain work-related criteria that must be met before taking the exam and becoming certified. The Applied Project Management Certificate Program is offered Tuesday evenings in both spring and summer at University of Central Florida’s Continuing Education classrooms.

More information on the Applied Project Management Certificate Program- Project Management Professional (PMP) and other courses offered through the Division of Continuing Education is available on their website at https://www.ce.ucf.edu/Program/Applied-Project-Management-Certificate-Project-Management-Professional-PMP


For more information on the Project Management Institute please visit their website at https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp

Published on 2/6/2019


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