What does a Project Coordinator do?
Many job functions are narrowly-focused specialties, but some people prefer a wider view of an organization's operation. Project coordinators, or similar positions such as logisticians and project managers, tend to have the kind of comprehensive involvement in a project that can give you the satisfaction of seeing an idea through from planning to implementation.
Accomplishing this requires a broad range of skills, including personnel management, budgeting, and logistics. If you think you can bring several elements together to work towards a common goal, then a career as a project coordinator might be a good fit for you.
Job requirements for project coordinators
Since the responsibilities of project coordinators vary greatly depending on the type of organization you work for, there is no standard set of job requirements for project coordinators. In general though, you should expect a bachelor's degree to be required, and an advanced degree can be a plus for promotion potential and for landing more complex jobs.
Your degree may be in one of the several fields which are incorporated into project management, such as marketing, accounting, business, management, engineering, or technology. Increasingly though, you can find a comprehensive degree program in project management which would incorporate these diverse elements. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), there are more than 160 educational institutions offering project management programs.
You can complement your degree with a certification in project management. The PMI offers the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designation for relative newcomers to the field, as well as the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation for more experienced practitioners.
Career opportunities for project coordinators
Project coordinator jobs represent a fast-growing segment of the employment market. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth for logisticians to be much faster than average in the years ahead. Meanwhile, wages for this profession are already well above the national average.
Another benefit of this career is that the nature of the work is such that you should find job opportunities in a wide variety of geographic locations. Construction, manufacturing, finance, aerospace, information technology, and health care are just some of the fields in need of project coordinators.
If you have both the detail orientation and the long-term vision to see a project through from beginning to end, then you could turn project management into a rewarding career.
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