Five Sectors to Watch: Global Jobs Report

Sarah Fister Gale

The global economy remains in flux, and with it, the project job landscape.

But project professionals in the right geographic areas, with the right skills, in the right sectors have a distinct edge. India, for example, estimates it needs 3 million more project managers by 2017, according to The Economic Times. In the United States, Wanted Analytics found that online job listings that showed demand for project management skills hit a four-year high in 2012—even in a stillsputtering economy.

“It’s a chance to participate in the greatest economic recovery of our lifetime,” says Valerie Frederickson, CEO of Valerie Frederickson and Company, a human resources services firm in Menlo Park, California, USA.

As organizations struggle through what remains a tepid recovery, they’re leaning heavily on their project management talent. It’s not unusual for project managers to be given a troubled project running over budget or facing unforeseen obstacles. “In those situations, you need a project leader who can communicate with executives about what needs to be done to fix the problems, or one who is willing to say the project should be canceled if it isn’t meeting strategic goals,” says Everaldo S. Alves Jr., PMP, PgMP, manager of the program and project management team at HP Enterprise Services in Santiago, Chile.

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