Advance Your Career with a Certificate in Project Management

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Advance Your Career with a Certificate in Project ManagementBy Colleen Bielitz, Dean of Accelerated & Professional Studies

As an adult, you can look back and see how quickly the world has changed.  If we look back even further, an area with a history of phenomenal changes is the field of project management.

As early as the fifth century BCE, Greek philosopher Heraclitus knew that, “The only constant is change.” Project managers are skilled in navigating change: planning, risk impact, probability. Long before it was called “project management,” the grandest changes in human civilization—the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Wall of China—required knowledgeable and skilled project managers.

More recently, the industrialization of America brought about similar evolution. According to Young Hoon Kwak, Ph.d., author of Brief History of Project Management, the modern and systematic tools we use in the field of project management today were only developed in the last half century.

Living in a global society has increased our competitiveness and accelerated many aspects of our lives.  Advances in technology have also changed the types of jobs that are available and the skills that are necessary not only to gain employment, but also to keep pace within a profession.

In order to remain relevant, many adults are going back to college to obtain a certificate–a degree upgrade–in a field which can advance their career skills.  Your original degree may have enabled you to gain entry into a company and developed your critical thinking skills, but in today’s ever-evolving market you may need more.  A certificate can help you expand your proficiencies and body of knowledge.

The job outlook in project management positions remains strong; indeed, the demand is definitely growing and has been termed a “sector to watch.” In the article, “Sectors to Watch,” in the Project Management Institute’s magazine, PM Network, the consistent need across varied leading industries—aerospace and defense, construction, energy, financial services, government, and health care—is for project managers.

According to a June 2012 study published by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, “For incumbent workers, certificates can be the most effective way to catch up, keep up, and get ahead in their chosen field.”

Becker College has developed an online project management certificate, to begin enrolling in 2014.  This program meets market demands and keeps students relevant, connected, and engaged in the current global society.  The Becker College Certificate in Project Management will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and bring projects to a successful conclusion.

The Becker College certificate program sets itself apart from similar programs by covering elements of human behavior, such as influence and decision making, which are essential skills for project managers to be successful.

The skills you acquire with a certificate in project management can help you advance in today’s increasingly competitive environment.  As Rebecca Maitland, jobs correspondent for the Houston Chronicle stated earlier this month, “Research shows that qualified and certified project managers are stronger performers and their projects are more likely to be successful. This translates into increased efficiency, improved organizational alignment and financial savings. As a result, more companies are making certification a requirement, and salaries for certified project managers are rising.”

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