To become a contract project manager, you usually need a bachelor's degree and 4-6 years of experience. The most common jobs before becoming a contract project manager are project manager, senior project manager, and information technology project manager. Hiring managers expect a contract project manager to have soft skills such as analytical skills, business skills, and customer-service skills. Once you have all the required skills and experience, it takes an average of 1-3 months of job training to become a contract project manager.
The national average salary for contract project managers is $81,263, but with the right certifications and experience, they can make up to $124,000. Getting a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) will help you to earn more as a contract project manager.
Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 10% and produce 46,200 job opportunities across the U.S.