Project Manager Qualifications
There are no strict qualifications for becoming a project manager; however, most managers have completed at least some college coursework. The best way to prepare for a career as a project manager is to earn a degree in project management. You can either earn a bachelors degree in project management or, if you already have a degree, a masters of business administration with a concentration in project management. A professional certification may be a better option for prospective project managers who already have a number of years of related work experience. Regardless of the path you choose, your education should include a background in human resources, organizational behavior, finance, risk management, leadership, operations, budgeting, and information systems.
Project managers tend to be motivated individuals with excellent leadership and communication skills. You must be highly skilled in time management and have strong organizational skills. As the manager of a team, you will need to be skilled in conflict resolution and building positive relationships between your fellow workers. Successful project managers are good at coming up with innovative solutions in a sometimes demanding and stressful environment. You must be able to delegate responsibility, but also ready to hold yourself accountable for any problems that arise.
It's uncommon for individuals to step out of college directly into a project management position without some prior work experience. As long as you have the proper educational qualifications, management experience probably won't be necessary, but you'll need to have an extensive familiarity with the industry.
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