Career Highlight: January 2023

Why Becoming a Certified Project Manager is Worth It

By Becky Anzalone

With the New Year starting now is the time to plan, and for project managers, it can be a very busy month. Using their variety of skills, project managers are currently defining goals, creating tasks and project timelines, determining deadlines, setting budgets, and deciding on reporting techniques. They really must wear a lot of hats! Those who are certified clearly shine in this role and they are paid accordingly. Becoming certified is clearly a smart move for your career. Let’s dive into the benefits of becoming a certified project manager in 2023.

First and foremost, project manager salaries are competitive. Glassdoor reports that entry-level project manager salaries are around $59,680/year. Experienced project managers that obtain a certification, could be making double entry-level pay or more.

Any certification can help you improve your skills so that you can move into higher-level management. Not everyone can juggle all the tasks and skills needed by a project management professional, which is why the certification is so valuable on your resume. Employers see that badge and already know what you’re capable of, ensuring you’re the right candidate for that promotion. An example is the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) which is evidence of your real-world, hands-on experience and skill, no description is needed.

Another benefit of being a project manager is the job outlook. This is a career that spans every single industry because pretty much every company has projects that need completing. PMI’s Job Growth and Talent Gap reports that about 2.2 million new project management-oriented roles will be open each year through 2027.

Here are some project management certifications that can advance your career: 

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Project Management Professional (PMP)

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

If you get certified, you’ll be able to pursue more opportunities and have more flexibility in your career. Convinced yet? If you’re interested in becoming a certified project manager this year, contact us to learn about our certification courses.

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