PMP® certification is the key to jobs, higher pay for project managers

Monday, August 19th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

While job growth in the United States has been weak in recent years, you have a better chance of finding work if you have marketable skills. And if you already have a job, you might even get a raise.

This has not always been the case. According to a recent report by Foote Partners, LLC, pay premiums for IT certifications have begun to grow again for the first time since 2007. These increases were driven by pay gains for certified project managers, among other reasons.

In fact, Foote Partners found that those who acquired a project manager certification (such as the PMP®) saw a 1.8 percent gain in market value in the last quarter. Analysts expect this trend to continue, provided the economy continues to grow. Partly, this is because more businesses have the money to hire and are willing to compete aggressively for talent.

"I think certs pay will not go any lower if the economy stays as healthy as it is right now," chief analyst David Foote told InfoWorld contributor Bill Snyder.

This means that now is the time for project managers to seek out their PMP® certification and lay the groundwork for higher earnings in the future. While there are many ways to do so, New Leaf Project Management offers the best options for in-depth project management training.

New Leaf offers a superior PMP® Prep program to prepare you to pass the exam on your first try. Once you have your PMP®, New Leaf's QPM™ series of online games let you hone your estimating skills while earning affordable and convenient PDUs toward recertification. These games can be accessed on the go with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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