As of May 31, 2018, there are over 870,000 certified PMP® professionals and over 36,000 certified CAPM® professionals. These certifications continue to grow from 5% to 10% annually since their inception and we don’t see any slowing down.
As a manager of project managers and project management trainers, I continually am searching the market for qualified individuals to deliver projects, or project management training, and I am still amazed as to how many people in the project management profession are not aware of or, have not committed to obtaining their certifications.
From my perspective, if you have chosen a career versus a job, I would hope that you are committed to being the best you can be. The world is ever evolving and so should we. Just look at how much technology has changed in the past 20 years! If technology has changed that drastically, don’t you think your profession may have too?
What worked before may not be what will work today, and what was too costly to do years ago, may be a viable solution today. Individuals who take the time to continually learn about best practices and trends in their chosen industry are the ones that I want to hire.
It may be obvious, but here are a few reasons why.
1) The use of a common terminology improves communication and reduces miscommunications
2) The employee comes to the table with a base set of knowledge from which to build from.
3) Small businesses (less than 500 employees) employ over 48% of US employees (see reference). These firms have limited training budgets and prefer to hire individuals with experience and are more willing to spend money on training to improve employee effectiveness in their respective industry beyond the basics.
I encourage everyone, whatever your chosen career path to never stop learning. Your efforts will be rewarded.
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