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Project Management (BS)

The online Bachelor of Science Degree in Project Management is designed to prepare graduates to become project managers in a variety of business sectors. Students learn skills for successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closure of a projects.

Project leaders need technical, business, and soft skills for employment in the business environment. Program objectives include: (1) developing human-relations skills that enable students to work effectively as group members and to organize and delegate tasks; (2) utilizing accounting-based skills; (3) utilizing computer applications with accuracy; (4) developing practices and policies required to meet short- and long-range organizational needs and opportunities; (5) developing project management, production management, and risk management skills.

Graduates are trained for entry-level jobs in a variety of industries such as:

  • Engineering Firms
  • Architecture and Design Companies
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Technology and Software Industries

Project managers need soft skills, operation management experience, and typically technical knowledge to manage projects. This program will demonstrate:

  • Business management and administration principles
  • Supply chain fundamentals
  • Finance and cost management
  • Scope and lead time management
  • Teams and diversity

In our 48 month program, you will learn how to:

  • Manage information technology projects or system activities
  • Develop detailed project plans
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues
  • Supervise project personnel
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables

Note: Completion times vary by individual.

Employers Look for the Following Skills and Abilities:

  • Attention to Detail — requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity — requires being honest and ethical.
  • Business and Management Principles – requires being involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Services – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administrative and Clerical Procedures and Systems – Knowledge of word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Personnel – procedures for recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Speaking — talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Problem Solving — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Vista College’s Project Management students will learn employer work activities including how to:

  • Manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, and scope
  • Develop or update project plans for information technology projects, including information such as project objectives, technologies, systems, information specifications, schedules, funding, and staffing
  • Monitor or track project milestones and deliverables
  • Confer with project personnel to identify and resolve problems
  • Develop and manage work breakdown structure (WBS).

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2017) $42.56 hourly, $88,510 annual
Median wages data collected from Computer Occupations, All Other.

There’s a wide range of earning potential for qualified people in this career field. Vista is here to help you receive the training you need to be qualified to join this profession.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data.

Employment is projected to grow from 2016 to 2026 at the average rate for all occupations (Average 5% to 9%).

Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 employment projections.

“Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026).

Employment data collected from Computer Occupations, All Other.

Industry data collected from Computer Occupations, All Other.

Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1199.09

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