What Can I Do with a Degree in Project Management?

By eansley

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Trying to figure out what’s next for your career path? If you have an affinity for organization, find fulfillment in working with others to execute a common goal, and enjoy planning a course of action (checking off boxes along the way), you might consider a career in project management. Learn what this role entails, the skills you’ll acquire, and what opportunities are available to you with a project management degree. 

What does a project manager do?

Project management is a profession that can span many different industries and sectors of the workplace, from consulting and marketing to educational institutions. Project managers play an integral role in moving a project from ideation to execution, and their main functions include: planning, executing, and closing a project, leading and managing teams, overseeing budgets and schedules, and maintaining excellent communication throughout. 

What degree do you need to be a project manager?

A variety of industries are in demand for the skills that project managers offer. Managing people and projects is something that most organizations need assistance with. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree should be your first step and can often be the minimum educational requirement when entering the project management profession. While a bachelor’s degree in business or management could provide you with general problem solving and leadership skills, pursuing a bachelor’s degree that specifically focuses on the project management profession can better prepare you to enter the field. Additionally, most project managers end up pursuing professional certifications and even earn a master’s degree to further their career opportunities.

What skills can you attain from a degree in project management?

A project management degree focuses on developing and honing your ability to plan, execute, and oversee projects. The IACBE accredited Bachelor of Arts in Project Management degree program at Ashford University equips you with the expertise you’ll need to either kick off or advance your professional career. You’ll learn critical skills related to leadership, risk analysis, and quality control, and will be able to effectively apply these and other key principles to manage wider organizational processes.

In addition to broadening your career potential, when you obtain your project management degree from Ashford, you’ll also benefit from all the latest tools and technology, free access to Microsoft 365, and 24/7 online service and support. Furthermore, Ashford’s bachelor’s degree programs give you the flexibility to take one five-week course at a time, letting you complete your degree at an accelerated pace, from anywhere online. 

What jobs can you get with a project management degree?

Here are some potential project management job opportunities:

•    Project Manager
•    Project Leader
•    Corporate Projects Manager
•    Project Analyst
•    Cost Estimator
•    Quality Assurance Specialist
•    Construction Scheduler
•    Business Analyst
•    Program Management Office (PMO) Team Member or Leader

Project management continues to be a growing field, especially as the technology industry advances. According to the Project Management Institute, the profession is expected to grow by $6.61 trillion globally by 2020. As a project manager, your responsibilities will include anything from the management of people to the control of approvals and using active business strategies to plan and execute ongoing and future projects.

Are you ready to explore your options in the field of project management? Learn more about the degree today, or talk to an Ashford University advisor who can help provide additional details on a program that’s right for you. 

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Written by Ashford University Staff


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