Get a (Green) (PM) Job



The Project Management Institute has issued its Global Jobs Report (January, 2013), highlighting “5 Sectors to Watch”.

The good news overall – demand for PM skills hit a four-year high in 2012 (despite the general economic decline over those years).

The five sectors analyzed in this Report:

  • Tech
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Finance

…and although the Energy section of the report was titled, “If Energy Is Your Game, Think Green“, the theme of sustainability was prevalent throughout the pages, especially in Energy and Infrastructure.

So what does this report say?  Well the best way to find out is to read the whole thing in the January edition of PMNetwork.

But we’d like to summarize some the the key points of the Energy sector report here.

The tips they have for landing a Green PM job:

  • you can break into the sustainable energy field by playing up accomplishments and qualifications that transfer across industries
  • track industry news so you know which projects are moving forward (we recommend joining one of the sustainability-oriented LinkedIn groups, like GreenBiz, Green, EarthPM, or Sustainability Professionals).
  • reach out to companies before they’re ready to hire so you are on their ‘radar’

Some ‘pull-quote’ highlights from the report:

  • “The long-term trend suggests that the number of solar power projects will double every year for the next few years,” says Seth Masia, spokesman for the American Solar Energy Society, a not-for-profit advocacy group in Boulder, Colorado, USA. “Owners will be looking for specialists with project management skills to run these projects.”  Prospects should think big, as in the 115-megawatt Toul-Rosières solar power project near Nancy, France and the 1.5-gigawatt Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm project off the coast of Wales. Those kinds of projects will need project and program management talent at every level.
  • “The smaller, 5-10 kilowatt projects often don’t have trained project managers assigned to them; that work is often done by an experienced technical person,” says Peter Beadle, CEO of, Fairfield, California, USA. “The real demand for project management skills is on the larger projects where there is no substitute for trained, experienced project managers.”
  • Even for project managers without sector experience, it’s a good time to get a foot in the door, he says. “Renewable projects, especially wind and solar, are essentially big civil construction projects, so if you have construction expertise, companies may well be interested.”

Our book, Green Project Management, we must say, provides a good working vocabulary and fundamental base for anyone who wants to transition to a sustainability-oriented PM career focus.  You may just want to give that a read (as a New Year Resolution?).

So.  Go out there.  And get a job.  Or enhance your job possibilities.  It’s all good.

A one-two punch

greenboxingWell, we’ve been saying it for months.

And now the Project Management Institute’s  PM Network magazine features it in their January 2010 issue.

Let’s set the stage:

      • The global  market for environmental products and services will reach US$27.4 trillion (yes that is Trillion, with a T) by 2020 (that’s only 10 years from now, folks).
      • Global companies plan to invest US$500 billion in low carbon projects.
      • 29% of over 1,000 IT decision makers surveyed in September 2009 listed energy-efficient and green IT is their top technical priority in 2010.

And all of that adds up to lots of projects and lots of jobs.  In fact, see the nearly simultaneous posting below, regarding the announcement by US President Obama.

That’s the green wave we’ve been talking about.  And that’s why, wherever you stand on the environmental issues, you need to pay attention to this stuff – it’s going to eventually have an effect on your career path.  So stick with us as we guide you through this intersection of Green and PM.

We suggest you read the article.  If you’re a PMI Member, you can get the article online or via your subscription to PM Network.  If not, we’ll be seeking permission to provide it right here on EarthPM soon.  We’re also seeking interviews with the people featured in the article to get even more insight on this topic, and of course our upcoming book will go very much into detail on the opportunities for project managers as this wave arrives and continues.

In the meantime, as another person with a one-two punch used to say, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.