If you have been working in security for a while now, you might be looking at project management as the next step in your career. And why shouldn’t you be? The Project Management Institute’s Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap Report 2017-2027 predicts that by 2027, employers will need nearly 88 million individuals in project management-related roles. Plus, there’s a pretty good chance you’re already doing the job without the title.
“Project management, by and large, is a complementary discipline; unlike accounting, engineering or dentistry, project management has tools, techniques, methodologies and concepts that can expand the circumference of different initiatives that might be undertaken,” says Fred Harris, a project manager at Convergint Technologies, Schaumburg, Ill. “I’ve been involved in project management in some form or fashion since 2007 — I may not have actually had a project manager title, but I have always executed and overseen the implementation of projects.”