What is a Project Manager?

Project managers are organized, goal-oriented professionals who use innovation, creativity, and collaboration to lead projects that make an impact.

What Does a Project Manager Do?

From the grand skyscrapers of sprawling cities to your favorite social media apps, project managers lead all types of projects across various industries. They use their project management expertise to execute and complete projects that bring brilliant ideas into reality.

Project managers equip their teams with the tools to succeed and evolve through projects. And they use various project management skills to do so, including:

  • Leadership and Adaptability
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Motivation and Team Management 

If you’d like to see how project managers use their skills to execute projects, try KICKOFF: our free online course that walks you through the process.


What are a Project Manager's Duties and Responsibilities?

Project managers are responsible for various things on-the-job, including:

  • Identifying project goals and scope
  • Planning and documenting project tasks
  • Ensuring deliverables are delivered on-time
  • Managing all project resources
  • Effectively communicating with stakeholders
  • Eliminating blockers and potential risks
  • Documenting projects process using various project management tools
  • Ensuring top-quality results and project success

Learn the Basics of Project Management With Us

Interested in learning more about project management?

Check out KICKOFF—Our free online course that walks you through project management basics with:

  • Informative course materials
  • Interactive exercises
  • User-friendly templates



How to Become a Project Manager

Our fantastic catalog of courses and certifications can help you build a solid foundation as a project professional.

Once you gain experience and you’re ready to advance your career, we offer globally recognized certifications like the Project Management Professional (PMP)® to help you do it.

Certifications like the PMP equip you with everything you need to manage complex projects and launch the next stage of your career.

Explore Our Professional Certifications

What We Do for Project Managers

PMI empowers project managers with the tools, resources, and expansive community necessary to make ideas a reality at every career stage.

We’re a for-purpose organization and we’ve worked hard to create an impactful legacy through:

  • Global advocacy
  • Networking
  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Education 

If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, we invite you to learn more about PMI and what it means to be a part of our project management community.