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Software Advice IndustryView: Project Manager Job Analysis 2014

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We analyzed 300 U.S. job openings for project managers in aerospace, healthcare & IT. Here, we reveal what qualifications are required for each sector.

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Software Advice IndustryView: Project Manager Job Analysis 2014

  1. 1. Project Manager Jobs 2014 An Analysis of 300 Job Listings from Aerospace, Healthcare & IT
  2. 2. Abstract We analyzed 300 U.S. job openings for project managers posted in March and April of 2014—100 each from aerospace, healthcare and IT. Here, we reveal which sectors have the highest barriers to entry and what qualifications are required for each. Our key findings show that: • Aerospace project manager positions have the highest minimum education and experience requirements. • Of job listings that indicated a preference for a bachelors degree, an average of 36 percent from across all three sectors said they would accept equivalent experience. • The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the most-requested or preferred certification, accounting for 79 percent of all certification mentions.
  3. 3. Degree Requirements for Project Manager Positions Across the 300 listings, 49 percent required a bachelors (BA/BS). Thirty six percent of jobs that said they preferred a BA/BS would accept equivalent experience. IT Healthcare Aerospace 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% No degree required BA/BS preferred BA/BS required
  4. 4. 48% 38% 14% Certification required Certification desired Certification not required General Project Manager Certification Requirements Across all sectors, about half of jobs required or preferred some type of project manager certification. Fourteen percent of jobs required certification.
  5. 5. Listings Preferring or Requiring Some Type of Certification By sector, a project management certification was most often required in IT (19 percent) and healthcare (14 percent). 54% 39% 7% 48% 33% 19% Certification required Certification desired Certification not required 43% 43% 14% ITHealthcareAerospace
  6. 6. PMP Preferred/Required vs. Other Certifications (All Sectors) The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification was the most popular. Across all sectors, 79 percent that mentioned a single certification listed the PMP. 9% 12% 79% PMP certification PMP + other Other certificates
  7. 7. Advanced Degree Requirements for Project Manager Positions Advanced degrees were seldom listed. Only .7 percent of listings across all sectors required a MA or MBA, while 17 percent of listings preferred an advanced degree. IT Healthcare Aerospace 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% MA not listed MA Preferred MA Required
  8. 8. Years of Project Management Experience Required Of the sectors, aerospace had the highest barrier to entry. Only 16 percent of aerospace jobs accepted 0-3 years as the minimum acceptable qualification. Healthcare IT Aerospace 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 0-3 years 4-6 years 7+ years
  9. 9. Years of Experience Required: Team Lead Vs. Overall Across all industries, companies required an average of 4-5 years of project lead experience and an average of 5-6 years of total industry experience. Healthcare IT Aerospace 0 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 6.2 5.6 5.1 5.4 4.8 4.5 Project lead experience Total industry experience
  10. 10. Software Advice™ is a trusted resource for software buyers. The company's website, www.softwareadvice.com, provides detailed reviews, comparisons and research to help organizations choose the right software. Meanwhile, the company’s team of software analysts provide free telephone consultations to help each software buyer identify systems that best fit their needs. In the process, Software Advice connects software buyers and sellers, generating high-quality opportunities for software vendors. @SoftwareAdvice /company/software-advice @SoftwareAdvice/SoftwareAdvice Read about our findings in more detail.Read Report

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