Project Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Answers to the most frequently asked questions about a career in project management

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Project managers oversee complex projects, like the development of large-scale software systems. They plan, coordinate, and control the activities of multiple teams working together to complete their assigned tasks. Project managers also ensure that deadlines and budgets are met and quality standards are maintained. Here you'll find some common questions about careers in project management.

Getting started in project management

Project managers often juggle multiple tasks at once. This means they need to be organized, efficient, flexible, and able to multitask effectively. If you want to become a project manager, here are some tips to get started.

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Project management degrees and certifications

Earning a project management degree or certification often means gaining hands-on experience and building job skills that will help you in your career. Depending on the program, you might cover topics like human resource management, leadership, communication skills, financial accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, operations research, information systems, computer science, and software engineering.

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Project management roles

Working in project management can be a satisfying one for those who enjoy working with people and have strong organizational skills. Planning and starting a project from scratch, collaborating with others to overcome challenges, and seeing your efforts end in measurable success can be hugely rewarding. Learn more about this and similar roles:

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