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Become An Assistant Project Manager

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Working As An Assistant Project Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $42,740

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Project Manager Do

An Assistant Project Manager assists with creating and implementing project work plans. They work under the supervision of a Project Manager.

How To Become An Assistant Project Manager

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.

Education

High school graduates can take courses in word processing and office procedures at technical schools or community colleges. Some temporary placement agencies also provide training in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Some medical and legal secretaries learn industry-specific terminology and practices by attending courses offered at community colleges or technical schools. For executive secretary positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a bachelor’s degree.

Training

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. During this time they learn about administrative procedures, including how to prepare documents. Medical and legal secretaries’ training may last several months as they learn industry-specific terminology and practices.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Executive secretaries can gain experience by working in administrative positions that have less challenging responsibilities. Many secretaries and administrative assistants advance to higher level administrative positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate competency to employers.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals offers the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of administrative work experience, depending on their level of education, and pass an examination.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. For example, those with 1 year of general office experience, or who have completed an approved training course, can acquire the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification through a testing process administered by NALS (previously known as National Association of Legal Secretaries). NALS also offers the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification, considered to be an advanced certification for legal support professionals.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification is conferred by Legal Secretaries International in areas such as intellectual property, criminal law, civil litigation, probate, and business law. Candidates typically need to have 5 years of legal experience and pass an examination to become certified.

Advancement

Secretaries and administrative assistants generally advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as office supervisor, office manager, or executive secretary.

With additional training, many legal secretaries become paralegals or legal assistants.

Important Qualities

Integrity. Many secretaries and administrative assistants are trusted to handle sensitive information. For example, medical secretaries collect patient data that is required, by law, to be kept confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants interact with clients, customers, or staff. They should communicate effectively and be courteous when interacting with others to create a positive work environment and client experience.

Organizational skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants keep files, folders, and schedules in proper order so an office can run efficiently.

Writing skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants write memos and emails when communicating with managers, employees, and customers. Therefore, they must have good grammar, ensure accuracy, and maintain a professional tone.

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17 Assistant Project Manager jobs

Vantage Construction Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Project Manager - Construction

$42,740 Estimated

Vantage Construction Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager - Construction

$93,000 Estimated

Collabera
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager

$93,000 Estimated

Facebook
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager, Data Center Connectivity

$93,000 Estimated

Satair Group
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager

$93,000 Estimated

Institute for Building Technology and Safety
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager - FEMA

$93,000 Estimated

Zillion Technologies
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager (PMP)

$93,000 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Revenue Recognition Project Manager

$93,000 Estimated

Kindercare Education
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Teacher / Floater - 9\:30-6\:30pm

$42,740 Estimated

Taco Bell
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Manager

$46,779 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Finance Systems Project Manager

$104,600 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager Scrum Master

$99,930 Estimated

Terracon
Ashburn, VA
Senior Project Manager

$110,219 Estimated

Domino's Pizza
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Manager

$46,779 Estimated

Taco Bell
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Manager

$46,779 Estimated

Kindercare Education
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Teacher / Floater - 9\:30-6\:30pm

$42,740 Estimated

Cubic Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Administrative Assistant

$38,480 Estimated

Vantage Construction Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Project Manager - Construction

$42,740 Estimated

Vantage Construction Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager - Construction

$93,000 Estimated

Collabera
Ashburn, VA
Project Manager

$93,000 Estimated

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Real Assistant Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Project Manager Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 12, 2015 $150,000
Assistant Project Manager Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 04, 2016 $147,784
Assistant Project Manager Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 08, 2016 $142,800
Assistant Project Manager Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 14, 2016 $137,904
Assistant Project Manager, Design & Construction Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $130,000
Assistant Project Manager Skanska USA Building, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2016 $125,000
Assistant Project Manager Cyient, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 15, 2016 $108,992
Assistant Project Manager Webcor Construction LP San Francisco, CA Aug 27, 2016 $108,410
Assistant Project Manager Cambridge Cm, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 22, 2015 $107,591
Assistant Director/Project Manager Capgemini U.S. LLC Burbank, CA Aug 19, 2015 $107,000 -
$200,000
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Top Skills for An Assistant Project Manager

GeneralContractorsProjectManagementSafetySubmittalsVendorsRFIProceduresProposalsProjectScopeConstructionProjectsProjectSchedulePurchaseOrdersFinancialArchitectsPayrollOwnersFacilityCADJobSiteCustomerService

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Top Assistant Project Manager Skills

  1. General Contractors
  2. Project Management
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked alongside master carpenters and general contractors.
  • Project Management for all company programs to ensure completion and accuracy.
  • Explained and demonstrated weapon safety and other fundamentals and techniques of marksmanship.
  • Processed and distributed construction submittals.
  • Managed activities of superintendents, subcontractors and vendors.

Top Assistant Project Manager Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Assistant Project Manager

  1. Epiq Systems
  2. Craftsmen United
  3. Hewlett Packard
  4. Monarc Construction
  5. MEP
  6. Hitt Contracting
  7. A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
  8. North Hennepin Community College
  9. Petsmart
  10. CLP Resources
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