Demand Grows for Project Managers

Susan Hall
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In touting progress on the federal government's 25-point plan, federal CIO Steve VanRoekel pointed to 1,000 federal program managers, new senior positions created to oversee multiple major technology development initiatives.


The interview at Federal News Radio doesn't mention the number of project managers, who may lead single initiatives. But it could explain the competition for project managers in our nation's capital, where time to hire can average 6.5 weeks, the longest in data provided by talent market analysis firm WANTED Analytics.


Project management skills are growing in demand, with mentions in more than 235,000 online job listings during May, WANTED Analytics says. Hiring of managers to keep projects on time and on budget have increased 12 percent since May 2011 and more than 51 percent compared with May 2010.


The five job titles showing the greatest growth: computer systems analysts, IT project managers, industrial engineers, marketing managers and computer software engineers.


The top cities were New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. New York had the greatest volume of ads (up 6 percent in May), while Chicago showed the most growth (up 20 percent for the month). While competition is fiercest in Washington, D.C., some of the best places to recruit are Grand Forks, N.D., Binghamton, N.Y., and Lynchburg, Va., where positions can be filled in as little as three weeks.


Project management has been a big topic here at IT Business Edge, where the resources in our IT Downloads section have been popular.

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