Project management specialists guide and lead the scheduling, timeline, staffing, budget, and procurement of a product or service. They are integral to companies looking to keep a timely and efficient workflow and are in high demand! If you enjoy leading teams to successful outcomes, check out this career!

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Assign duties or responsibilities to project personnel.
  • Work with key stakeholders to determine project requirements and objectives.
  • Talk with project personnel to identify and resolve problems.
  • Create project presentations for delivery to customers or project personnel.
  • Create or update project plans including information such as objectives, technologies, schedules, funding, and staffing.
  • Identify project needs such as resources, staff, or finances by reviewing project objectives and schedules.
  • Identify, review, or select vendors or consultants to meet project needs.
  • Monitor costs incurred by project staff to identify budget issues.
 

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor’s Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Start your education journey with a 2-year program like Business Administration at Northwestern Michigan College. If you're interested in a bachelor's or master's degree locally, you can also transfer to the NMC University Center.

Bachelor's in Business Administration, BBA or Master's in Business Administration, MBA 
— Davenport University, NMC University Center
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, BS or Business Administration, Aviation, BS
— Ferris State University, NMC University Center

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Bachelor's in Technology Project Management 
— Davenport University

Project Management, BS 
— Ferris State University

Management Program 
— Northwood University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Look for opportunities to become a leader! Many high schools have a student council, and group projects where excellent experience can be gained!

Watch project management in action by serving as an officer in a club or join other after school activities.

Volunteer to help build your Homecoming Class Float. There are so many details that go into production for projects large and small!

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services Writers Studio (formerly known as Front Street Writers) or Business Careers programs are great places to start working on your public speaking and communication skills.

Pathway 2

Consider a 2-year program like Business Administration at Northwestern Michigan College. If you're interested in a bachelor's or master's degree locally, you can also transfer to the NMC University Center.

Master's in Business Administration, MBA — Davenport University
Bachelor's in Business Administration, BBA — Davenport University

 

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year school to finish your degree! Consider a program that has a transfer guide from NMC.

Bachelors in Technology Project Management
— Davenport University

Project Management, BS 
— Ferris State University

Management Program 
— Northwood University

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
 

10-Year Job Growth Projections

5.7%
10-County Region
1%
Michigan
6%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

340
In 2021

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$47,020
$76,440 
$123,700

Annual Hires Regionally

40
In 2021

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Project Management Specialist