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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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Thanks for posting.

Tnx for sharing.

I absolutely agree that your learning shouldn't stop after a certification, it's an on-going process in which as new technologies emerges, there are new processes to learn.

Thanks. And I agree, lifelong learning doesn’t stop when getting your PMP certificate

it is great that our profession has a bright future. I agree that it is not enough to be PMP qualified, we must focus on continued improvement of our soft skills as we are leading a team of people and not (yet) robots.

Great post, very useful and informative. Thanks for sharing Aaron

Great forecast for the profession, and thanks for raising awareness Aaron.

Good stuff!

Good share.. certification is just the beginning and not the end.. continuous learning is the need of the hour.. changing dynamics of today's business environment makes it important to have complementary skills in addition to PM skill.

Interesting and exciting to read your projections

Thanl you Aaron, these are great news

Dear Aaron
Interesting your perspective on the topic: "The PM Talent Gap"
Thanks for sharing

Very important tip: "But your development and learning should not stop after certification."

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