Project Manager: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply
Roles within the Project Management function have many commonalities with other industries; these transferrable skills give you a great chance to Sector Jump into nuclear.
It is usual that nuclear experience is desirable but is not essential. With the new build scope of work comprising 80% non-nuclear work, project managers, project engineers, and project administrators are in high demand.
Salary: $74,562 per year
Job Satisfaction: Very High
Transferability: Very High
Education: Relevant PM Qualification
Job Growth: High
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3. Popular Qualifications
2. Steps to become one
4. How long does it take
Education Level: Degree*
Field of Study: Engineering / Science*
Certification: PMI / APM or other related
Duration to become one: 1 to 6 years
Difficulty to become one: TBD
* there are many routes to becoming a Project Manager, an engineering degree is not a prerequisite. See below.
The most traditional one is to leave university and work as an engineer for 6 years before moving into a management position and becoming certified as a project controls management professional in parallel.
Steps to become one
Step One: Gain an academic education.
Ideally, this would be a degree in Engineering or Science but this is not necessarily a must.
Step Two: Gain relevant experience working within a project environment.
Ideally, this would be in the nuclear industry or a highly regulated industry. If you don't have this experience, speak to your line manager about ways that you get more involved in a project capacity.
Step Three: Gain a recognised Project Management Certification.
If looking to be promoted internally it is often acceptable to gain this in parallel to working as a project manager. It is always a good idea to have, or at least be on your way to becoming a chartered project professional when considering a more senior role.
Check out the QA's Project & Programme Management Practice for information and a list of courses.
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