Goals are a part of every business, and project managers are specialists in seeing these goals achieved. They work to specific outcomes; planning, advising, budgeting, and performing risk-analysis to ensure they complete their objectives.
There are three main skills that every project manager must be show extreme competency in to be successful:
Organisation – without organisational skills, you cannot manage a project. Period. Projects will almost always involve groups of differently talented people and varied levels of management. Without superior organisation skills, there will be no way for you to coordinate or keep track of the efforts made by those involved.
Teamwork – if you can’t work well with others, don’t know how to give constructive feedback or are difficult to get along with, you won’t be able to properly direct a project. Having a confident, personable nature is extremely important in these roles, as it will allow you to work around other’s interpersonal issues if they arise during projects.
Communication – quite simply, if you cannot communicate how, why and when you want a task done, you cannot see a project through to completion. You must be able to direct clearly and keep up with how much and what you have told the people involved.
Project managers will usually have complete a secondary education and obtained a tertiary qualification, such as a bachelors, masters or certificate in project management. The courses are normally comprised of units concerning planning, management and leadership strategy.
Depending on the field entered, the salary for project managers varies hugely, ranging between a 45,000 per year starting salary to 140,000 in more technical fields.