Industry insights

Contract, program and project administrator insights
Current employment levels >90,000
Employment/positions projection 6.2% growth to 2020
Full time vs part time 82% full time
Specialist project manager insights
Employment/positions projection 37,800 to 2024
Industries Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Public Administration and Safety
Full time vs part time 93% full time

Project management insights

Project management is a diverse profession. The skills you pick up when you study project management can be applied to new programs, product launches, system changes and other projects across all kinds of industries. That’s just part of what makes project management such an exciting career opportunity today. After all, the stats show that most of us switch jobs about every three years. But that doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch every time. Even if your industry of choice is facing a lot of change and challenges thanks to technology, cultural change, and economic conditions.

Want to have a real impact in your organisation, and enjoy a bit of variety at the same time? Project management is a great way for you to apply the expertise you’ve worked so hard to develop. In fact, many project management students are degree-qualified professionals in their fields.

Contract, project and program administrator trends

There are over 110,000 contract, project and program administrators in Australia today. They spend their days developing and negotiating contracts, responding to stakeholder queries overseeing contractors and more. The number of employees in this type of project management has trended up for over a decade now. In other words, you’ll be in great company when you get started in this field.

Specialist project manager trends

In Australia, the range and number of specialist project managers is growing as our economy transitions from resources-based to service-based. In other words, as Australia develops its knowledge economy, you’ll have more opportunities than ever.

Specialist project managers are needed for…

  • change management
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • new business launches
  • product development
  • special events
  • quality assurance audits

…in everything from the arts and entertainment to scientific research.

Your next steps

Looking for a unique way to study project management? Monarch Institute’s BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management is completely flexible and packed with practical challenges that’ll leave you job ready from day one.

Sources: mccrindle.com.au, lmip.gov.au, abs.gov.au, joboutlook.gov.au.

Meet your trainers

You'll be guided and supported by experts and thought leaders
Gary Hatfield
“If the pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
- Robert Capa

For many years, I’ve worked in IT, moving from applications to data management. I’ve created and taught IT courses and developed some on the management of IT projects. That’s when I discovered project management and soon realised that there are many people managing projects, but very few who know what they are supposed to be doing.

I believe that those who know much about managing their projects are still a minority; and if you really understand project management, you can achieve so much more in satisfying stakeholders and delivering benefits. Project management is complex and rewarding.

I am a fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and a member and active participant in several professional associations.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I need to keep learning new concepts and new ways of achieving. Oh, and I love good wine and good coffee!

Terrena Hooper
“If Opportunity doesn’t Knock, Build a Door.”
- Milton Berle

I have 15+ years experience managing HR, IT, and marketing projects across a variety of industry sectors, including government, retail, aged care, hospitals, mining, education, hospitality, facilities management and, most recently, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve also led Australia-wide, APAC regional and global projects within the past 7 years as a senior manager in one of the world’s largest organisations. I taught vocational and university-level Project Management for over 10 years and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Association for Talent Development (ATD). I also have 7 years experience as a HR Specialist and HR Senior Leader in the 20th Largest Organisation in the world (from 2012-2019)

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I’m passionate about delivering successful projects and helping my students reach their career goals and dreams!

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What project management course would you like to study?

Ready to take the captain’s wheel? Project management is the art of directing people and resources. As a project manager, you’ll make sure events, initiatives and new products get done to spec, on time, and on budget. And it’s a set of skills you can take with you from industry to industry.

Your qualification from Monarch Institute is the first step towards a career in project management. Your trainers are professional project managers with real-world experience you can benefit from.

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Project management courses

Project management is an art. While it’s all about numbers and results, great PMs need to be creative and people-smart to get those runs on the board. For you to get where you’re aiming in your career, you need to be guided by an experienced project manager. A professional who knows the challenges of working to tough deadlines and KPIs, like Gary Hatfield, our course writer. He’s a certified practising project director, a professional member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Your Monarch Institute course has been endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management and has been developed in consultation with an advisory board made up of industry leaders like Gary. You’ll graduate with real-world skills and strategies you can apply to projects in any sector. And of course, you’ll be fully supported in your blended online-first study by expert trainers.

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