The project manager holds an important position in any company -- to map out projects and ensure employees complete tasks in a timely manner -- and it's often a stepping stone to the next level of management. Some colleges offer degrees in project management, but these aren't usually necessary in order to become a project manager, according to the Corporate Education Group. It's usually more important for a person to have good communication and time-management skills, as well as noticeable drive. Certain degrees can help more than others, but landing a project manager position is more about how you use the skills that you've learned.
Project Management Degrees
If you're already working and don't have a college degree, you might consider a degree in project management if you know that's where you're headed. These degrees are typically found at schools that offer online or evening classes.
If you already have a bachelor's degree, you might consider getting a Master's degree in project management or just taking a certification class.
A business degree from a well-respected university can help you get a job as a project manager. Not only will you learn project management skills in a focused manner, you'll also learn about other aspects of business, putting you in a good position to find a job in the corporate world. A full-time program will help you get the degree more quickly, but it's also possible to earn the degree while working.
Liberal Arts Degrees
Employers typically care more about the skills you have than they do about your major. When you attend a liberal arts college, you focus on a particular area of study, but you are also required to take classes outside of your comfort zone. Furthermore, you'll likely do a lot of writing, presentations and working in small groups no matter what classes you take. These skills all lend themselves well to a career as a project manager.
Science and Technical Degrees
Majoring in physics or computer science may not seem to put you on the track to project management, but if this is where your interest lies, you can still major in these areas and get a job as a project manager. Certain companies require their management to have a working knowledge of the sciences. For example, a company that manufactures chemical compounds for industrial use will prefer a project manager with a degree in chemistry.
Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.