Project Coordinator Career Growth

Project coordinators can advance their careers by becoming certified to move into positions as project managers, either as generalists or in specific fields such as IT or construction.

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Career Growth Opportunities for Project Coordinators

Project coordinators can be responsible for handling any projects within organizations. They're responsible for tasks such as meeting planning, scheduling and logistics. One of the primary ways of growing in this career would be to gain certification and move into a position as a project manager. Furthermore, a candidate might consider gaining industry-specific experience becoming a project manager in a specific field such as IT or construction. Details regarding these positions and fields are provided below.

Job Title Median Salary Job Growth (2016-2026)** Education or Experience
Project Manager $71,733(2018)* 8% (management occupations) Bachelor's degree and certification
Construction Project Manager $75,837 (2018)* 11% (construction managers) Bachelor's degree and experience
IT Project Manager $85,691 (2018)* 12% (computer and information systems managers) Bachelor's degree and experience

Sources: *PayScale, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Project Manager

Project coordinators, who have experience in organizing projects for companies, may consider becoming a project manager. Project managers are responsible for the oversight of all aspects of large projects within various industries and enterprises. Project managers typically begin a project by making a plan for the completion of the work within the confines of a budget. They are responsible for the team, which typically contains professionals who have a range of specialties. The project manager assigns various tasks to team members to complete. They continually review whether the team is progressing appropriately towards the completion of a project. When the project is complete, project managers meet with clients to discuss the deliverable. Project managers typically have a bachelor's degree and experience leading projects. Those who wish to be responsible for the most challenging projects typically also have certifications in project management such as those offered by the Project Management Institute.

Construction Project Manager

One specific industry that project coordinators should consider entering is construction. A construction project manager is responsible for overseeing various building projects and staying within budget. The project manager is responsible for tasks such as purchasing the building materials through vendors, and hiring and supervising the subcontractors who will complete the various facets of the construction project. The construction manager must keep all designated records for the project and may be responsible for sharing these records with inspectors or other governmental agents. The project manager will also need to frequently communicate with the individual or entity that contracted for the construction project. A project manager in construction will typically hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or business and have experience in the construction industry. Construction project management certification programs are also available.

IT Project Manager

Another specific industry in which to consider a position as a project manager is information technology. Project managers in this field undertake the coordination of projects within technology companies. They manage the development, testing, and evaluation of the software or hardware. An IT project manager must be comfortable working with professionals from various company departments who bring different skills to the project. Typically, an IT project manager would have a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field and experience in the IT industry. Further, a certification in Agile or Scrum could be useful in advancing into a career in IT project management.

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