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Project Management & IT: Hiring on the Rise?

The tech sector continues to be the bright spot for hiring. IT & Project Manager specifically are seeing a resurgence which is great.


Wanted Analytics brings us the data:


With the technology projects growing across the US, we thought we would look at hiring for IT Project Managers since these professionals are needed to keep projects on track. When we looked at the recent volume of job ads for this occupation, we were astonished by the continued growth over the past year In March, there were more than 18,000 job ads posted online – a 27% increase compared to March of 2011. Hiring for IT Project Managers has grown about 160% over the past 3 years – more than doubling in demand and remains at higher levels than before the recession.


Hiring Demand for IT Project Managers – 4 Year Hiring Trend



Hiring Demand for IT Project Managers 

Source: WANTED Analytics


We saw the most job ads for openings located in the New York metro area, where more than 1,000 ads were posed online at a 12% year-over-year increase. Other metro areas with high demand for IT Project Managers were Washington (DC), San Francisco, Seattle, and Atlanta. The tools and technology that are most commonly required of potential candidates for these jobs are:


  1. Microsoft Project
  2. Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  3. Microsoft Office Visio
  4. Microsoft SharePoint
  5. Project management software
  6. Management information systems (MIS)
  7. Structured query language (SQL)
  8. Customer relationship management (CRM)
  9. Portfolio management
  10. Resource planning
  11. Oracle Java
  12. Agile Software Development
  13. Software development lifecycle
  14. UNIX
  15. Hypertext markup language (HTML)

The most demanded certifications for IT Project Managers are Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Six Sigma. Due to this increase in hiring for a relatively limited talent pool, our Hiring Scale™ shows that Recruiters will find these jobs very difficult-to-fill. For example, Recruiters in Washington, DC spend leave job ads online for an average of 44 days, or just over 6 weeks.


Hiring Scale for IT Project Managers in Washington, DC (Hard-to-Fill Location)


Hiring Scale for IT Project Managers in Washington, DC 

Source: WANTED Analytics


However, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best markets to post job ads and recruit talent from are Salem (OR), Hagerstown (MD), and Ogden (UT). In these areas the average posting period is as short as 3 weeks – half the time it takes to fill in Washington, DC.


Hiring Scale for IT Project Managers in Salem, OR (Easy-to-Fill Location)


Hiring Scale for IT Project Managers in Salem, OR 

Source: WANTED Analytics


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