The PM Talent Gap

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Let’s cut to the chase: you’ve made a good career choice.

The demand for project management practitioners is growing dramatically as organizations worldwide seek people who can implement strategic initiatives, drive change and deliver innovation. By 2027, employers will need more than 87 million individuals in project management-oriented roles, according to the recently released report Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027, conducted for PMI by the Anderson Economic Group.

Among the catalysts for this global demand are attrition rates, including seasoned project management professionals retiring from the workforce, and a significant increase in demand for project talent in rapidly developing economies such as China and India.

And Uncle Sam wants you too: the report forecasts that the number of project management jobs in the United States alone will grow about 30 percent in the next 10 years, adding on average more than 210,000 new positions each year in project-oriented industries. (The largest percentage increase is expected in the health care sector at 17 percent.)

That’s an extraordinarily positive career outlook for skilled project professionals, particularly as we are inundated with other reports about how artificial intelligence and machine learning will shake up many industries over the same time span. Of course, AI initiatives also require project talent! And while some project management functions aren’t immune, the collaborative interactions and creative decision-making that define successful project teams won’t ever be easily automated.

Yes, the project management future’s bright — but not enough to wear shades and overlook the “talent” part of this report. Organizations, now and in the future, need practitioners with a mix of competencies that combine technical and leadership skills with strategic and business acumen.

What are you doing to improve your job outlook? Certification is a fundamental start, of course, and it’s a smart investment — salaries of practitioners with the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification are 20 percent higher on average than those without a PMP, according to the ninth and most recent edition of PMI’s biennial salary report.

But your development and learning shouldn’t stop after certification. More than ever, the pace of technological change requires project management professionals to continuously improve and expand their skill sets. That includes becoming conversant in emerging business trends, exploring agile approaches, finding mentors and joining peer networks who can support your journey.

The project management field is booming, and it’s creating a talent gap that will be growing even wider over the next ten years. That makes you valuable right now. Take steps to ensure it makes you even more valuable in the future.

Posted on: July 18, 2017 10:52 PM | Permalink

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Thank you for sharing. I agree. Continuously learning, updating your skills and personal development is a must to be abreast with the changing times and to remain competitive.

Aaron - nice article. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, Aaron. Good read!

Absolutely. Value is relative. Earning the certification is just the beginning. Thanks, Aaron.

Great post. Thanks.

Thank you for sharing this motivating lines.

Great article Aaron, Thank you !

Thanks Aaron, agree continued learning is key.

Beyond certification what else can we do? Suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.

Thanks for sharing. Sharing... One thing everyone could do to contribute with others. Back in school remembering trades and shares was usual. Why breaking this up when you getting older? Stay "young" an keep sharing to develop your experiences with others.

Thanks, Aaron. Great to see a positive outlook and growing demand for PM practitioners

Good article Thanks

Thank you for a good material, Aaron!
Actually PM related jobs are growing every year and the learning process need to be continued after the certification for meeting the requirements and standards new projects consider for.
Thank you!

So very true Aaron, we have to be one step ahead in this very fast paced, ever changing World, thanks for sharing.

Interesting perspective

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