As project managers, we are in charge of a specific project within a company. The term “project” is of course very broad, and each project is different, but all of them at least has a start, a finish, and a deliverable. We oversee the planning (definition of scope, resource management, timeline, budgeting); take charge of the execution; and report on the deliverables. We also serve as a link among all the stakeholders of the project. Excellent organizational skills, an eye to detail, and effective communication are therefore indispensable for this role.

Core tasks:

  • collaborating in planning and strategy phases to develop requirements and scopes of work
  • conceiving, managing, and guiding project team
  • improving project processes through conducting consistent reviews
  • ensuring projects are delivered on-time, within scope and budget
  • troubleshooting project issues, developing effective solutions to problems
  • ensuring known risks and problems are mitigated proactively in the future
  • resource management
  • communicating project status to teams and clients
  • financial control of scopes, staff, and cost
  • overseeing project documentation
  • evaluating and assessing result of project


Years on other jobs

How many years do people usually work on other jobs before becoming a Project Manager?
5-7 years
Years on other jobs
On average, people work more than 5-7 years in other positions prior to becoming a Project Manager.

Position lifespan

How long does a Project Manager work in this position across multiple employers?
More than 5 years
Position lifespan
On average, a Project Manager works in this position for more than 5 years across multiple employers.

Job hopper score

How likely is a Project Manager to change companies while holding the same title?
Job hopper score
The job hopper score is High for a Project Manager.

Career path

Path to job

Prior positions

Most people held these titles before becoming a Project Manager.
4 %
Project Engineer
Avg. length of tenure:4 years
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2 %
Project Coordinator
Avg. length of tenure:2 years
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Fields of study

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Top educational institutions

Explore the list of higher education institutions that a Project Manager typically studied at.
Penn State University
Purdue University-Main Campus

Path after job

Subsequent positions

A Project Manager typically moves on to these titles.
4 %
Program Manager
Avg. length of tenure:4 years
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2 %
Vice President
Avg. length of tenure:6 years
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Project Manager age distribution

Gender ratio

Project Manager gender distribution


Top employers

These companies currently have Project Manager positions open.
Manufacturing - Communcations Equipment, Telecommunications
Large size
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