Project Management
Bachelor of Science in Business

Project Management

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The Project Management specialization provides undergraduate business learners with a foundational education in the processes, procedures, tools, and techniques of coordinating and managing projects in an organizational setting. The curriculum integrates practice and theory, and focuses on the basics of project management and ten knowledge areas of practice, including but not limited to resource allocation, risk assessment, and stakeholder management. Learners examine the role of project manager as a change agent working with others to create value for an organization. The curriculum focuses on development of project management technical skills, professional behavior, and strategic awareness that is required to make informed decisions. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue careers as project coordinators, project managers, business analysts, and program managers.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

Develop a project strategy:

  • to integrate and coordinate the interdependencies between professional accepted processes and knowledge areas
  • to define and control the scope activities of a project
  • that defines the processes required to manage the timely completion of a project
  • that includes the processes to complete the project within approved budget.
  • to purchase or acquire products, services, or results needed from outside the project team
  • to ensure that the project deliverable’s quality criteria are defined and requirements are met, and validated against a quality management system
  • to increase the likelihood and impact of positive events, and decrease the likelihood and impact of negative events on a project
  • to identify, analyze, and effectively manage the people, groups or organizations that are impacted positively or negatively by the project
  • to ensure the identification and management of timely and appropriate communications to all project stakeholders
  • to organize, manage, motivate, and lead the project team

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Project manager
  • Project lead
  • Project coordinator
  • Project specialist
  • Program manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Corporation
  • Government—local, state and federal
  • Construction
  • Aerospace or defense company
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health care organization
  • Technology company
  • Manufacturing firm
  • Bank and financial institution
  • Education
  • Consulting firm
  • Military

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.