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Many organizations require dedicated professionals to oversee all aspects of small and large design projects. A design project manager oversees one or several projects to ensure each project meets established deadlines and financial guidelines. These professionals are often found in a variety of technical industries, and combine technical and management skills to complete each project.
Educational requirements typically include at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the type of design project the employer provides. These types of services are often technical in nature and require education in engineering, architecture, information technology or a related discipline. Employment opportunities may increase for those who obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
This occupation can be found in a variety of industries and uses different technical disciplines to complete design projects. Design project managers in engineering or architecture disciplines may be involved with infrastructure, construction or manufacturing. Others may be involved with information technology design projects which involve implementing new computers and networks for an organization.
Overseeing design projects includes developing expectations for the project to ensure it's completed in accordance with established quality standards and time frames. This involves developing budgets, purchasing required materials, as well as scheduling the delivery for each phase of the project. The design project manager also schedules and coordinates internal and external personnel to complete the project. Throughout the project, progress is reported to management as well as customers.
Along with overseeing the project, these professionals often play a hands-on role by assisting in the design responsibilities to ensure the project is completed in the established time frame. This can include responsibility for specific design functions through each stage of the project, as well as reviewing the work of other team members and making changes to ensure the project is completed accurately.
Salary for this occupation can vary and may include a bonus structure based on each projects completion within financial budgets, number of projects completed, as well as other stipulations. As of July 2010, Indeed.com lists a national average salary of $92,000 per year for this occupation.