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Whatever your profession — from IT to research to work in the medical field — learn how project management skills can enhance your performance.

By Noel Sandberg, Communications and Outreach for Continuing Education

Two years ago, the University of Utah rolled out one of the nation’s most comprehensive project management training programs, with offerings for every stage of the career – from seasoned managers to those looking to shift careers. New classes begin May 21 and are available to those interested in just taking a few classes or earning a full certificate in project management.

Project-ManagementProject management involves planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. Applicable across numerous fields—from construction to software development, marketing to green energy and healthcare—project managers make an average base salary of $105,000 and are increasingly in demand.

“Project management is one of the fastest growing professions in the world—as such, certified project managers are some of the most sought after professionals,” said Shelley Gabriel, director of Professional Education at the U. “It’s one of a few professions where you don’t need a graduate degree, but can still readily earn six figures, Plus, these skills are becoming essential in almost every industry, so project managers can easily switch industries and avoid job losses.”

Professional Education at the U offers more than 50 classes and six certificates that prepare individuals are careers in project management. Courses begin every semester and certificates take about a year to complete.

“The Project Management Institute’s framework I learned in the prep course while getting certified has been extremely useful,” said Ben Leimbach, a student who recently completed the program. “It’s helped me to communicate more effectively with stakeholders, acted as a great starting point for new projects and helped me improve and refine our ongoing processes.”

To learn more or register, visit or call 801-585-1780.