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How will your project management education stack up?

If you want to study project management at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 31 traditional project management schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have project management programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC
  2. Brandeis University - located in Waltham, Massachusetts
  3. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 406 students graduated with degrees in project management. Of these students, 36 graduated from certificate programs in project management, 11 graduated from undergraduate programs in project management, and 359 graduated from graduate-level programs in project management.

Academics

Students can pursue education in project management at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Project Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Project Management
  • Master's Degree in Project Management
  • Certificate in Project Management

During the course of their project management education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Analysis
  • Time Management
  • Project Planning and Control
  • Risk Management
  • Budgeting

Cost

The average tuition at project management schools around the nation was $18,487 per year in 2010. The following project management schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Brandeis University - located in Waltham, Massachusetts, students paid $38,762
  3. Lehigh University - located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, students paid $38,630

The lowest tuition was charged by the following project management schools:

  1. Central New Mexico Community College - located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, students paid $1,704
  2. Inver Hills Community College - located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, students paid $4,810
  3. Metropolitan State University - located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, students paid $5,627

How will your project management job compare?

A large number of project management majors work as project managers after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 342,960 project managers working in the US. The largest populations of project managers are in the following states:

  1. Illinois - 43,790 Project Managers
  2. California - 38,170 Project Managers
  3. New Jersey - 19,620 Project Managers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people working as a project manager will grow by 2%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 997,670 project managers working in the US. The projected growth for project managers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 18%
  2. Texas - 13%
  3. Virginia - 9%

Salary

Project managers in the US can make an average of $93,320 per year. However, factors such as location, work conditions, or shift differentials can cause the salary for a project manager to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of project managers earn less than $15,700 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $164,820 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a project manager are:

  1. Washington DC - $126,340 per year
  2. Delaware - $122,540 per year
  3. California - $122,380 per year

On average, a project manager earns the least in the following states:

  1. Indiana - $65,020 per year
  2. Montana - $69,530 per year
  3. West Virginia - $70,620 per year

 
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project management?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Management Analysts 536,310 $87,260 21.6%
2
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 474,510 $62,260 -14.6%
3
Managers, All Other 342,960 $102,160 0.7%
4
Civil Engineers 249,120 $82,280 8.5%
5
Construction Managers 191,430 $94,240 -0.6%
6
Cost Estimators 183,790 $62,060 -10.1%
7
Architectural and Engineering Managers 174,720 $125,900 -6.8%
8
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 87,700 $78,530 -9.3%
9
Social Science Research Assistants 25,830 $40,090 58.3%