Project managers and contract managers are, unsurprisingly, people who manage projects and contracts in a wide range of industries, including construction, infrastructure and IT.
- Project managers are generally people who have progressed from a specific area of expertise – such as engineering, surveying or software development – into a generalist role where they are responsible for coordinating teams of people with specialist skills. This means that there is no specific qualification pathway.
- Contract managers help to win contracts, and manage scheduling and budgets for projects through to completion. They have an important role in working with the client to make sure they are happy with progress.
Project managers with experience in construction and infrastructure industries are in demand for the Christchurch rebuild, and there are also shortages of managers with experience in the IT sector. Due to the recession, there are fewer jobs in other areas, such as forestry, architecture and property development.
Project managers and contract managers generally earn:
- $40-50,000 starting salary
- $100,000+ with at least 10 years' experience
Key tertiary qualifications include:
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, or Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Software Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Geography or Earth Sciences
- Bachelor of Information Technology
Recommended school subjects:
- Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
- Physics (required for engineering pathways)
- Technology subjects
- Statistics & Modelling
Careers New Zealand: Project Manager
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