A project controller plays a key role in the project team and works directly with the project manager to help define the project's goals and objectives. They create and maintain a project's budget and schedule, analyze progress reported against the work schedule and recommend actions to improve progress.
They also make suggestions for improvements to project operations as needed. Almost all industries employ project controllers. Their key duties and responsibilities include monitoring project activities, overseeing project budgeting and scheduling, generating project reports, and suggesting and managing changes in the project processes.
Essential skills include programming languages and project management systems, SAP, exceptional communication skills, willingness for further training, and leadership skills. Most project controller positions generally require candidates to hold a bachelor's degree in a finance-related field or business administration.
A degree in computer sciences works as well. The average annual salary for a project controller in the United States is $86,661. That works out to be $41.66 an hour during a normal workweek. The career is likely to experience growth in the coming years.