A project manager is the person that takes responsibility for and manages a given project, for example creating a website. A successful project manager will listen to the client’s needs and visions for their project, figure out the various resources and personnel needed to bring the project to completion such as programmers, graphic designers and content writers. The project manager will have the product tested for accuracy throughout the project and perform final testing before presenting to the client, and keep the client up to date as to where they are at and when the expected date of project completion will be. The project manager is the one who makes it possible for all of the other collaborators on a project to complete their jobs in a timely manner. In other words, the project manager is responsible for any given project from start to finish. It is a great benefit to anyone working on a large, complex project to have one person in charge to answer any questions that may arise.
Unfortunately if the person managing a project is unfamiliar with how to accomplish this task it could be a disaster. If a project manager fails to keep in contact with the clients, is unable to resolve issues with persons to whom they have assigned tasks or is unable to keep track of and keep on schedule their various projects, they may find that their project has failed to meet the needs of the client and the client will refuse to pay for the service.
Because of the large amount of responsibility placed upon any project manager they will usually be able to make a very nice living, usually in the six figure range. Choosing project management as a career path will more often than not involve getting a degree, and there are even degrees in project management specifically which show those interested how to keep budgets and cost analysis, how to resolve conflicts, how to plan large-scale projects, how to manage and motivate team members and risk management. There is also the Project Management Institute, which helps to further the careers of those interested in project management by providing learning centers, certifications and networking opportunities.
It is a given expectation that any complex project will involve a project manager. Anyone who has tried to bring a project to a successful conclusion will attest to the fact that a good project manager is one of the most valuable members that a team can have. A project manager will by the “go to” person when you need to know if a project is feasible, how much of a budget is needed for a particular project and who should be involved in the creation of a project. The project manager will shoulder the burden of being the one who takes the blame if a project fails to meet the objectives of the client, but can also be the hero when a project is brought to a successful conclusion and the client is happy with the end result.