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What’s a Project Management Professional?

There are tons of PMPs in the world, but do you know what they do?

Offered by the Project Management Institute, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is not only one of the ­hottest tickets to a job for project managers, but also IT professionals. It is consistently one of the highest-ranking tech credentials in terms of average salary.

PMP tests individuals in five areas of a project lifecycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. For those with a bachelor’s degree or more, the PMP requires 4,500 hours of project management experience. That figure grows to 7,500 hours for those without an advanced degree.

Worldwide, more than half a million PMPs work in 193 countries.

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Sep 04 2014

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