Project Manager

Project and program managers (administrators) plan and administer programs, special projects and support services, including management of staff.

Personal requirements of project and program managers may include:

  • Willing and able to accept responsibility
  • Good time management skills
  • Team leadership ability
  • Financial awareness and being able to manage finances
  • Able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Analytical and sound judgement skills  

Project and program managers may complete the following tasks: 

  • Direct and coordinate the activities within an organization, in order to meet organizational objectives
  • Resolve problems concerning services within the area of responsibility
  • Prepare reports about the organization's activities and program or project achievements
  • Advise senior management on matters requiring attention, and implement management decisions
  • Review and develop administrative systems and procedures
  • Work out financial risks associated with a project and implement strategies to reduce these risks
  • Develop budget plans and monitor ongoing costs

Jobs in this group usually require completion of a recognised Bachelor Degree and some jobs may additionally require post-graduate study, such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master Degree.

Many project managers complete degrees in engineering or information technology with a major or minor in project management. Universities may have flexible entry requirements. Therefore, contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Once you have received a Bachelor Degree, project managers may find a job in the private or public sector and working within industries such as information technology, engineering, or building and construction.