Why Project Management?

Project Management is a Fast Growing Profession

Military experience often translates into Project Management experience

Project Management Institute (PMI) research indicates that between 2010 and 2020:

• 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across project-intensive industries.
• The U.S. anticipates double-digit growth (more than 12%) in demand for project management practitioners, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.
• Now is the right time to explore project management as your next career.


Military Project Management Get Started 

Project Management: A Fast Growing Profession

• PMI research identifies the project management profession as one of the fastest growing careers in the world. Project managers are highly valued in virtually all sectors.
• Project Managers are in Demand
• In our project-driven world, more organizations are recognizing the value of having a skilled workforce to deliver successful projects and business outcomes.
• Some of these same organizations also acknowledge hiring military veterans with project management expertise as an essential strategy for maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
• A career in project management can be very rewarding. This profession enables you to hone your skills as a leader or manager.
• In addition, according to PMI research, the average annual private sector salary for project managers in the United States is US $105,000.


Military Experience Translates to a Successful Project Manager

• You already have experience in “operationalizing” projects. Additionally, your strong “warrior ethos” – the mission is always first, never accept defeat, never quit, and never leave a fallen comrade – is appealing and can lead to organizational success.
• Leading cross-functional teams to ensure accomplishment of mission objectives is a great strategic leadership skill
• Managing budgets and scheduling activities are important technical skills
• Conflict mediation and performance appraisal are critical soft skills.


Project Management – Taking the 1st Step

Military Project Management Get Started 

• Check out PMI.org (Project Management Institute) website
• The Professional Development courses help to improve your skill set, increase your value in an organization and enhance your career prospects through in-person and online training. PMI’s Career Central is an information hub for knowledge, connections, employment opportunities and resources to empower your career.
• Find a local chapter to meet other Project Managers to get a better feel for this career path.

• Military support agencies are available to assist with this career transition. 

For more information about transitioning from military to a Project Manager, contact the PMI Northeast Florida Chapter Military Liaison

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    Bernie Contreras is the Military Liaison for PMI of Northeast Florida reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Many veterans have project management experience – just under a different name. The challenge is in the translation and repackaging of their skill sets so that hiring managers spot their skills. Mission-related often translates to ‘projectized,’ and the government and military are highly projectized environments, which make many veterans a natural fit for the project management world.”

~Mark Langley, PMI President and CEO