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Project-Oriented Careers

For those interested in project-oriented careers, there are numerous options in almost every job field. We discuss a handful of the possible project-oriented careers, as well as their education requirements, salaries and expected job growth.

Project-Oriented Career Options

Most jobs incorporate projects to some extent in order to complete tasks and accomplish goals. However, some jobs are more project-oriented than others, and we explore a few project-oriented careers across several different fields below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Statisticians $80,500 34%
Civil Engineers $83,540 8%
Microbiologists $66,850 4%
Market Research Analysts $62,560 19 %
Writers and Authors $61,240 2%
Historians $55,110 2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Project-Oriented Careers

Statisticians

Statisticians complete various projects aimed at solving real-world problems by examining data with statistical methods. They collect this data through experiments, surveys, polls and more, and then analyze and interpret their results which are then reported to management and/or their clients. Statisticians are very versatile and can apply their skills to numerous industries, such as business, healthcare and science. They likely need a Ph.D. for most research positions, but jobs are available for those with a master's or bachelor's degree.

Civil Engineers

Civil engineers design, coordinate and oversee the building of many different kinds of structural projects, so they're the ultimate project managers. They may create bridges, buildings, roads, dams and more, while working within the given budget. They test building materials, comply with regulations and manage the maintenance of these structures. They need at least a bachelor's degree and usually need a license to work with the public. Advanced positions may require a graduate degree.

Microbiologists

Microbiologists conduct complex and scientific research projects on different microorganisms. They identify and study things like bacteria, viruses and parasites to learn about how they live and affect their environment. Their findings are reported to the public, scientists, engineers and other interested parties through technical reports and research papers. Microbiologists need at least a bachelor's degree, but a Ph.D. is needed for independent research positions.

Market Research Analysts

Market research analysts work on projects to examine the market conditions surrounding a particular product or service. They need to predict potential sales, monitor market trends, measure the effectiveness of marketing initiatives and analyze consumer data with statistics. They present their findings to clients and management in understandable reports with graphs and tables. These professionals need a bachelor's degree, but they may need a master's degree for more advanced positions.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors work on various kinds of writing projects to create new content for different forms of media, like books, blogs, magazines or newspapers. Their writing projects may require them to conduct research and work within the timelines and/or requirements of a client. They typically produce multiple drafts that must be approved by editors and/or clients prior to publication. Writers and authors usually need a college degree and experience in the field, but good writing skills are a must.

Historians

Historians conduct various research projects to investigate a particular historical event, figure, time period or topic. They may examine historical documents, artifacts and other sources to interpret the past. They also complete writing projects to present their findings and may work on presentations or programs to educate the public about historical events. Historians typically have a master's or Ph.D. in the field, and very few entry-level may be available for those with a bachelor's degree.


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