Turn your Military Background into a Project Management Career

Norwich Pro

April 26, 2019

Turn your military background into a project management career

Project managers provide the leadership, discipline, and insight needed to help teams accomplish incredible goals. As a military veteran, you’ve already built a strong foundation for transitioning into professional project management.

“Military veterans have the experience and skills to successfully transition into a project management career after service,” explains Bruce Gay, project management certificate instructor at Norwich Pro. “The ‘mission first’ attitude that military veterans bring to their work is highly valued across business industries.”

Parallel skills and functions

Great project managers are critical thinkers, clear communicators, strong planners, and problem solvers with a keen eye for identifying and navigating risk—all skills put to the test during military service.

In addition to an overlap in skill sets, there are many parallel job functions for military veterans and project managers, including:

  • Leading cross-functional teams to accomplish mission objectives
  • Managing budgets
  • Scheduling for success
  • Facilitating conflict mediation
  • Evaluating performance

Military roles that provide an exceptional foundation for project management, include:

  • Action Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Operations Planner
  • Commander
  • Platoon Sergeant
  • Acquisitions/Contracting
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Corps
  • Nuclear Officer
  • Surface Warfare Officer
  • Aviation Officer
  • Logistics
  • Infantry
  • Armor

According to former Project Management Institute (PMI)® President and CEO, Mark A. Langley, “Many veterans have project management experience—just under a different name. The challenge is in the translation and repackaging of their skill sets so that hiring managers spot their skills. Mission-related often translates to ‘projectized,’ and the government and military are highly projectized environments, which make many veterans a natural fit for the project management world.”

Project management career outlook
Project managers are in high demand across a number of industries, from tech to healthcare to construction. PayScale reports that project managers earn an average of $82,000 per year with the potential to earn up to $130,000 annually as your skills and experience grow. PMI® reports that there will be about 16 million new project management roles added globally by 2020. Best of all, as a project manager, you’ll gain experience that will hone your leadership skills in the private sector and prepare you for success in many future roles.

Get started with Norwich Pro

Norwich Pro offers a Project Management Certificate that will help you translate your military experience into project management terms, sharpen your skills, and prepare you for your PMP/CAPM certification exams. Learn more here.

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