“A failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin’s famous advice still rings as accurate today as ever. Many critics point to inadequate project planning as the top reason for failure to achieve a successful project outcome. You’ve probably seen it in your own life- a project starts to unravel, an event goes over-budget, a family outing turns into a chaotic misadventure. If you are the person who steps up to get things back in order, keeps everyone calm, and troubleshoots to find a solution, you sound like a project manager. In many environments, responsibility for managing projects falls to someone who is organized even though they aren’t formally trained in project management methodologies. Also, that person has other duties and tasks that come before the project in their priority set. But companies realize that investing in a dedicated project manager has a significant impact on their business success. The Project Management Institute expects 15.7 million project management positions to be created by 2020, with IT project managers being the highest in demand. We Need a Hero Putting a specific person in charge of a project changes everything. The people involved in working on the project have someone to turn to with any questions and never have to hunt for answers. The company always knows who to turn to for progress reports and updates. They have a single source of truth regarding the project, rather than many voices pointing blame at others for any delays or cost overruns. As such, the professional Project Manager becomes a hero to everyone involved. What that hero needs is an excellent set of best practices and operational standards to refer to and a well-developed, consistent methodology that assures success. Fortunately, the PMP certification provides all of those skills. What is the PMP? The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is one of the most recognized professional certificates and project managers' standards. This certification can help those new to the field demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge, even if they don’t have years of experience. Often recruiters and hiring managers look to the resumes with certifications first, making a credentialled candidate stand out from the crowd. Many regulated industries such as defense, finance, and government require certifications because it validates a person’s knowledge and understanding of industry standards and best practices. The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 to provide a forum and a substantial set of resources for those responsible for completing projects. By 1983 they had reached the point where they needed to formalize ethics, standards, and accreditation for project management, which resulted in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The PMBOK is the definitive guide on project management. Those who study the PMBOK and demonstrate proficiency in its application earn a Project Management Professional certification. What can I do with a PMP? Project Management is one of the most gratifying and challenging jobs in the market. You will enjoy the satisfaction of completing a job well done and the challenge of getting everyone to step up and contribute their best work. But, you are also the person everyone comes to solve problems and must stay cool under pressure. Project Managers need leadership qualities to inspire confidence in their teams and hold them accountable to deadlines and expected outcomes. You will also need to be a team player who can communicate with various departments and personalities. There is never a dull moment in the life of a Project manager. You will juggle multiple tasks at once and prioritize, stay focused, and quickly adapt to any changes. No day is the same, and you will certainly not get bored! What is a Project Management Salary? PMPs find employment not only as Project Managers but also as Program Managers supervising the ongoing operation of activities involving constant innovation, constant evolution, and continuous change. Beyond being exciting and gratifying, project managers are paid well for their experience and skill. According to Payscale, the average Project Manager earns $105k per year. Some related positions and their average compensation include: Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)- $96k Senior Project Manager, IT- $115k Information Technology (IT) Director- $143k Director of Operations- $109k Program Manager, IT- $120k Information Technology (IT) Manager- $111k Operations Manager- $82k Technical Project Manager- $101k Sr. Project Manager, Operations- $104k There’s plenty of diversity, variety, and choice in the world of the certified PMP. It all begins with the right training. We helped thousands of students get PMP certified and find great project management careers. Check out our programs to learn more about how you can get started on your certification. Still on the fence about whether certification is right for you? Maybe these 7 reasons to get certified can convince you!