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.
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
• 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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Groups that help Veteran Transition:
“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