Project Management Specialists:

Analyze and coordinate the schedule, timeline, procurement, staffing, and budget of a product or service on a per project basis. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. May serve as a point of contact for the client or customer.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $67,470.00
Average Time to Fill 32 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 8,436
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 8.50 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Critical Thinking
Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Resource Management
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Computer Fundamentals
Technology and Tool Usage

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Develop records management systems
Develop operational policies and standards
Develop business or organizational policies, programs, or standards
Develop computer, network, or database policies, procedures, or standards
Develop computer or information security policies or procedures
Develop computer or data information systems
Write computer programs or code
Maintain quality assurance procedures
Develop staff policies
Develop procedures for data management
Write business project or bid proposals
Optimize software performance
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Develop basic financial data repositories or databases
Design software or user interface
Design video game features or details
Develop dynamic or hybrid web applications
Develop software or computer applications
Develop web services
Apply user experience to application design
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Design talent readiness or succession plans
Generate work template for repetitive tasks
Establish organizational guidelines or policies
Develop business or financial information systems
Establish employee performance standards
Develop basic data repositories or databases
Develop advertising or marketing policies, procedures, or standards
Create databases including tables, relationships, and queries
Define database parameters or specifications
Establish architectural or engineering related performance metrics
Design data processing systems
Design data security systems
Develop testing routines or procedures
Design software applications
Develop complex computer databases
Determine operational criteria or specifications
Develop purchasing policies or procedures
Establish performance metrics for business operations
Create relational databases
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information
Develop diagrams or flow charts of how systems operate
Design construction projects

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze operational or management reports to inform business decisions
Analyze business or financial data and information
Analyze organizational workflows
Analyze business or organizational practices or procedures
Audit financial records or processes
Analyze information technology problems
Analyze financial records to improve efficiency
Perform SWOT analysis
Analyze current and historical utility costs
Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems
Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities
Analyze business problems
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze employment and personnel data
Analyze logistics processes
Analyze user workflow in software or application designs
Perform financial analysis of organizational resources and health
Analyze sales activities or trends
Model operational processes
Analyze data to assess operational or project effectiveness
Analyze survey data to forecast enrollment changes
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Investigate alternative logistical or transportation methods or routes to reduce environmental impact
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Develop financial analysis methods
Analyze website usage metrics
Perform architectural, mapping, or drafting related research
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Analyze forecasting data to improve business decisions
Evaluate project status, progress, outputs, or results
Determine appropriate methods for data analysis
Prepare data for analysis
Analyze engineering design problems
Analyze engineering data
Perform engineering research
Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes, or products
Review customer records
Identify environmental concerns
Conduct industry or market analysis
Analyze legacy databases
Interpret artifacts, architectural features, or structures
Analyze administrative, financial, and operational budgets
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Perform software crash analysis
Perform cost benefit analysis
Perform Search Engine Optimization (SEO) analysis
Assess the cost effectiveness of products, projects, or services

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Manage organizational or program policies
Manage interdepartmental programs or initiatives
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Manage use and upkeep of organizational facilities
Manage project life cycle
Manage project teams
Coordinate operational activities
Coordinate information technology installations
Direct network personnel in remote site configuration
Manage individual and organizational contracts
Manage industrial projects
Direct sales related activities
Manage building maintenance projects
Supervise information technology personnel
Assign work to staff or employees
Manage quality control activities
Direct financial operations of organization
Coordinate logistics for business operations
Coordinate shipping activities with external parties
Coordinate production maintenance activities
Manage site preservation plan
Supervise business operations or analytics personnel
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Oversee activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles
Set goals for workers or staff
Supervise technical personnel
Lead engineering teams
Establish priorities for employees
Manage maintenance or repair activities
Supervise clerical or administrative personnel
Supervise construction related personnel or contractors
Delegate authority for engineering activities
Prepare employee work schedules or assignments
Coordinate regulatory documentation activities
Oversee testing or construction of prototype
Manage waste removal and recycling programs
Delegate administrative support activities
Supervise environmental sustainability related operations or activities
Direct civil engineering projects
Direct information technology research or investigative studies
Direct construction activities
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
Direct engineering research or investigative studies

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Analyze project proposals or data to determine feasibility, cost, or time
Evaluate business or management strategies
Conduct production reviews
Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of software or hardware technologies
Evaluate potential or existing project sites
Evaluate office operations
Evaluate contract personnel performance
Evaluate employee performance
Judge quality of services
Evaluate costs of completed projects
Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility
Develop procedures or metrics to evaluate operations
Evaluate computer related usability or feature requests from users
Evaluate information from employment interviews
Evaluate program effectiveness
Evaluate new construction industry practices
Evaluate potential value of products, technologies, or resources
Evaluate new, emerging, or prototype software or systems
Inspect account books or systems for efficiency, effectiveness, or acceptability
Measure effectiveness of business strategies or practices
Evaluate applicant skill and ability levels
Evaluate construction quality
Evaluate training programs, materials, or instructors
Evaluate applicant eligibility for employment
Evaluate applicant qualifications for employment
Evaluate company recruiting needs
Identify employee learning needs
Analyze production records
Evaluate material specifications
Evaluate technology and communication infrastructure
Forecast consumer behavior

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Develop operational budgets
Manage operational budgets
Manage program or project budgets
Manage inventories of organizational resources
Identify internal or external resources to support project
Manage inventories or supplies
Monitor inventories of products or materials
Manage allocation or utilization of material resources
Determine supplier with best bid
Maintain inventory of office supplies
Inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies
Prepare project budgets
Examine expenditures to ensure activities are within budget
Maintain inventory of office equipment or furniture
Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources
Inventory items to be reordered or returned
Maintain inventory records
Execute procurement contracts
Maintain travel expense accounts
Order supplies, materials, or equipment
Maintain parts or equipment inventory
Requisition stock, materials, supplies, or equipment
Purchase furnishings, artworks, or accessories
Purchase stocks of merchandise or supplies
Purchase office equipment or furniture
Issue supplies, materials, or equipment

Getting Information

Read computer or software documentation to solve technical problems
Interpret information from diagrams, blueprints, schematics, or technical drawings
Review construction blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements
Review information technology related work orders
Review engineering data or reports
Obtain approval for project plans
Review switching or train orders
Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements
Review office, administrative, or clerical work orders
Review schedules to obtain cargo loading information
Review traffic routing or control plans
Conduct information technology product research
Collect information technology related data
Review information technology related codes and specifications
Conduct meetings to gather information technology related information such as network or software issues, or product development
Review architectural, mapping, or drafting related codes and specifications
Read operating, service, or repair manuals
Perform information technology related research
Retrieve data from digital or online sources
Survey land or properties
Conduct interviews to gather information about business operations
Collect statistical data
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing work orders
Identify customer project specifications
Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures
Determine customer needs
Review engineering codes and specifications
Research engineering designs or applications
Conduct client interviews to gather information, understand needs, or determine specifications
Conduct study of work problems or procedures
Conduct business, market, or managerial research
Gather organizational performance information
Study time, motion, or work methods of workers
Request reports or records
Evaluate environmental impact of operational or development activities
Collect data about customer needs
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Review travel rate schedules

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Establish project teams
Approve changes to business processes
Terminate personnel or staff employment
Terminate contractor employment
Implement organizational process or policy changes
Approve expenditures
Implement company or staff policies
Terminate vendor relationships
Determine project implementation methods and procedures
Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Expedite orders from vendors
Terminate client relationships
Resolve operational shipping or transportation issues
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectural or engineering environments
Solve workplace administrative problems
Commission building systems upon construction completion
Approve product design or changes
Implement supply chain management processes
Discipline staff for infractions of rules or regulations
Follow construction related safety procedures and regulations
Solve engineering problems
Determine administrative policies or standards
Develop personnel performance objectives
Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals
Solve production problems
Align employee skills and interests with job performance objectives
Implement pollution control techniques
Modify administrative work procedures, processes, or plans
Adapt writing style based on analysis of data or audience
Employ statistical process control procedures
Implement design or process improvements
Discuss resolution of production problems or equipment malfunctions with relevant personnel
Implement air quality control measures
Detonate blasting charges for construction or extraction work
Resolve personnel problems

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Manage projects to keep within time, cost, and quality guidelines
Plan activity and work schedules
Prepare workflow chart
Manage information technology projects or system activities
Develop project contingency plans
Develop financial contingency plans
Plan production processes
Plan construction of structures or facilities
Perform risk management planning
Develop plans for information technology related programs or projects
Plan meetings
Prepare quality management plan
Develop guidelines for system implementation
Adapt activities to meet customer or participant needs
Plan production or operational procedures or sequences
Develop plans for architectural, mapping, or drafting related programs, projects, or services
Plan study of work problems or procedures
Prepare meeting agenda
Plan work operations
Develop plans for engineering programs, projects, or services
Develop emergency response plans or procedures
Plan conferences, programs, or events
Plan scientific, research, or investigative studies
Plan testing of engineering designs and materials

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor financial performance
Monitor project performance metrics
Monitor project scope guidelines
Monitor project risk mitigation plan
Monitor contract performance
Maintain physical security of sensitive or classified hardware or software
Monitor use of electronic files to safeguard information
Monitor the security of digital information
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor transportation operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Monitor regulatory compliance
Examine marketing materials to ensure compliance with policies or regulations
Examine financial records to ensure compliance with policies or regulations
Ensure conformance to building regulations
Maintain physical security of sensitive or classified data
Monitor organizational processes
Maintain consistent production quality
Monitor performance of computer systems or networks
Analyze environmental regulations to ensure organizational compliance
Monitor effects of talent attrition
Identify causes of talent attrition
Monitor performance of others
Monitor message or event logs for computer systems
Manage organizational security activities
Track production costs
Monitor merchandise purchases
Monitor organizational procedures for usefulness or potential updates
Monitor flow of cash or other resources
Monitor construction operations
Monitor information technology related equipment operation to detect problems
Track facility costs
Track financial transactions such as deposits, payments, funding, or fees
Monitor engineering equipment operation to detect problems

Documenting/Recording Information

Maintain operational records, files, or reports
Write technical specifications for software or applications
Document operational activities
Maintain personnel records
Write technical specifications for computer systems
Prepare post project assessment report
Maintain processes and procedures manual
Document operational procedures for information technology work
Document organizational or operational procedures
Maintain transportation records
Maintain shipping records
Prepare forms or applications
Write documentation for hardware maintenance tasks
Prepare financial reports
Record personnel information
Maintain computer networks to enhance performance and user access
Prepare procurement or purchase order documents
Write administrative procedures services manual
Write documentation for software, applications, or computer operation
Document network maintenance activities or tasks
Prepare data rights policy
Document design or development procedures
Record production data
Maintain regulatory or compliance documentation
Write project charter
Maintain training records
Maintain educational records
Record client's personal data
Integrate field notes into technical drawings
Document technical design details
Maintain record of expenses

Interacting With Computers

Solve software problems
Debug computer programs or code
Solve computer hardware problems
Maintain computer software or code
Troubleshoot computer database problems
Install software applications
Configure computer networks
Integrate software into different types of pre-existing environments, architectures, or systems
Maintain complex computer databases
Assist users with software or hardware problems
Debug computer software or systems
Plan computer security measures
Implement security measures for computer or information systems
Maintain network systems
Troubleshoot computer hardware problems
Troubleshoot computer network problems
Create data backups to prevent loss of information
Install hardware, software, or peripheral equipment
Enter codes into computers to set or operate equipment
Upload data to website or online server for information sharing
Maintain data in information systems or databases

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Collaborate with employees to reduce costs
Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues
Collaborate with employees to improve organizational systems
Collaborate with organizational members on business or operational matters
Collaborate with organizational or team members to accomplish work
Communicate computer related project status, progress, or results
Conduct meetings with clients and customers
Discuss problems with customers or users
Respond to employee concerns
Discuss issues or concerns with sales personnel
Discuss issues or concerns with manufacturing personnel
Collaborate with others to develop business strategies, practices, or policies
Discuss preparation of engineering designs or operational plans with technical personnel
Collaborate with stakeholders to incorporate requirements into contracts
Discuss design or operational problems with engineering personnel

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate project costs
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects
Identify information technology project resource requirements
Estimate project or production material requirements
Determine project parameters or specifications
Estimate project labor requirements
Bid work projects
Prepare cost estimates
Determine resource needs
Determine work priorities and requirements
Estimate costs of products, goods, or services
Estimate delivery dates
Estimate demand for products or services
Calculate costs of goods or services
Forecast departmental personnel requirements
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Measure layout for construction projects
Measure work site or construction dimensions

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Recommend improvements to work methods, procedures, or products
Provide advice on various aspects of business operations
Advise others on information technology issues
Recommend computer or information system changes
Recommend organizational process or policy changes
Advise planning officials concerning regional or urban projects
Recommend alterations in construction or specifications
Provide advice regarding program quality or effectiveness
Advise others on transportation, shipping, or logistical matters
Identify opportunities to improve operational efficiency
Provide labor relations advice to management or labor unions
Advise others on architectural issues
Advise others on human resources situations and issues
Provide computer hardware or software acquisition recommendations
Provide information technology support
Consult stakeholders about innovation and market opportunities
Advise others on business or operational analysis techniques
Advise others on engineering issues
Provide technical support for software maintenance or use
Provide technical support for computer network issues
Recommend solutions to engineering problems
Provide furnishing recommendations
Recommend action to ensure legal or regulatory compliance

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