Business Management and Operations
Project Manager (General)
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Manages work on projects with a defined scope, start and completion point. Leads project teams, manages project budgets and schedules; manages contractors and communications with stakeholders. May manage projects in construction, information technology or in other industries.
There were 8588 Project Manager (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 228463 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Project Manager industry, which includes the Project Manager (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Project Manager (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,124.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,187.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Project Manager (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $70,383.
Education and Experience
Posted Project Manager (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Project Manager (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||18%|
|3 to 5 years||55%|
|6 to 8 years||15%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Project Manager (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (48%)
- Planning (36%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
- Organizational Skills (25%)
- Microsoft Office (25%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Project Management (92%)
- Budgeting (47%)
- Scheduling (35%)
- Project Planning and Development Skills (24%)
- Microsoft Project (15%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Customer Service (14%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (11%)
- Customer Contact (11%)
- Staff Management (9%)
- Procurement (9%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Project Manager (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Project Manager
- Project Manager II
- Project Manager I
- Project Director
- Center Director
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
Here are the employers that have posted the most Project Manager (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Black & Veatch (2014)
- Deloitte (1390)
- Siemens (1267)
- Humana (1079)
- CBRE Group (1025)
- Bank of America (107)
- Siemens (95)
- University of North Carolina (69)
- Deloitte (54)
- Black & Veatch (43)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
All wages, job posting statistics, employment trend projections, and information about skill desirability on this page represents historical data and does not guarantee future conditions. Data is provided by and downloaded regularly from EMSI Burning Glass (now Lightcast). For more information about how they gather data and what it represents, see Emsi Burning Glass Data Basic Overview.