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It's Always a Great Time to Be an IT Project Manager

Want to beef up your IT certification portfolio? Consider investing in project management certification and moving yourself up into one of the most financially rewarding of IT employment tiers.

If you read my GoCertify postings regularly, then you already know I cover the monthly employment figures and trends from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. So does CompTIA, often in more depth and breadth than I can muster on my own.


Recently, I was looking at the latest monthly infographic from their Employment Tracker. One of the half-dozen tables and graphics that make up this visual jumped up and bit me. It appears as a graphic for this post, in fact, and the item at the bottom of the table is what’s striking.


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Source: CompTIA Employment Tracker September 2017


This table lists the five kinds of IT positions that appear most frequently on job posting sites, classified ads, company job postings, and so forth and so on. The category of “Information Technology Project Managers” almost turns this “Top 5” group positive all by itself, as compared to all four other categories.


Not only that, but "IT project manager" is a more-or-less permanent fixture in this elite group of high-demand IT job categories as far back in time as you want to go.


What does this mean? Salary surveys and "skills wanted" surveys confirm the assertion that IT project managers are always in high demand. They can choose from a broad range of available positions, and they make pretty darn good money.


It's worth noting here that, while there are a number of project management certifications out there, the top credential by far is Project Management Professional (PMP), curated by the Project Management Institute (PMI).


According to information that my colleague, Mary Kyle (herself a PMP for over a decade now), and I gathered for our Tom’s IT Pro feature Best Project Management Certifications For 2017, the outlook for certified project manager just keeps getting better. We amassed some interesting factoids about this profession, as well as identifying the crème de la crème certifications in this arena.


Here's a snapshot of a few of the more interesting tidbits:


● PMI's Project Management Salary Survey, 9th Edition, shows global median annual salaries for PMP holders at $81,000, and the upper quartile of PMPs earn more than $110,000.
● Employment facilitator Robert Half lists project management as a hot certification, with an annual salary range from $97,000 to $151,000.
● PMI's PMP credential has appeared in nearly every “Top 10” certification list for high-paying, popular, in-demand or most desirable IT certs since the early 2000s.