After an unsteady recovery from the global recession, the world’s largest economy now stands on firmer ground. The United States should see
growth of about 3 percent in 2015 and 2016—which would be its fastest
within the past decade, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Project managers are feeling that growth spurt, too. The U.S. demand
for project practitioners is expanding by more than 12 percent, resulting in
almost 6. 2 million jobs in 2020, according to PMI’s 2013 Talent Gap Report.
In 2014, U.S. employment levels finally approached their pre-recession
highs, according to a Deloitte report. Employers now intend to hire at their
strongest rate in over six years, ManpowerGroup reports. Between 2012 and
2022, U.S. employment should increase by almost 11 percent, with healthcare
accounting for almost one-third of new jobs—more than any other sector.
Project managers in the United States—whose median salary ranks third in the world after Australia and
Switzerland—will benefit from a hiring push in project-rich sectors.
“As companies look to gain efficiencies and improve their bottom line, the awareness of project manage-
ment as a valuable skill and the demand for skilled project managers have definitely increased in the United
States,” says Ruth Stevens, PMP, director, Grant Thornton LLP, New York, New York, USA. Ms. Stevens
says she has noticed an increasing number of job listings indicating that a PMP® credential is either a “defi-
nite plus” or “required.”
In addition to healthcare, Ms. Stevens says, financial services and insurance are among the largest, most
visible sectors with a project manager demand. With construction jobs up to 6 million in June 2014 (up
from 5. 4 million in January 2011), that sector is also in need: A January 2014 survey of Associated General
Contractors of America members shows that almost half ( 48 percent) were having trouble filling project
manager/supervisor roles. PM
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