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How to Choose the Right IT Career for You: Scrum Master

Updated: Aug 13

Are you someone that loves collaborating, facilitating communication, and helping teams navigate through uncertainties as they adapt to project changes? If so, then consider a career as a Scrum Master.

What do I need to know to become a Scrum Master?

What is a Scrum Master?

A Scrum Master plays an instrumental part on a project team. They spend a great deal of time collaborating with team members and ensuring processes are efficient for all members. Scrum Masters work on large and complex projects that follow the Agile methodology and Scrum framework. They focus on continuous improvement as the team works in an iterative process. A Scrum Master is different from a Project Manager as the latter focus on aspects of a project such as budget, time, etc. while a Scrum Master focuses on people with a heavy emphasis on team collaboration and working through ambiguity.

Is a career as a Scrum Master worth it?

Yes with project management on the rise and more companies adapting to Agile; organizations will be looking for individuals who can demonstrate exceptional communication, collaborating, facilitating, and coaching skills to be a part of their project team. These individuals will be able to demonstrate that they can successfully aid teams in adapting to changes in priority and dealing with uncertainties while working on projects.

Salary Expectations:

According to PayScale, the average Scrum Master salary - $92k. *depending on years of experience

What do I need to get started as a Scrum Master?

I would highly recommend obtaining a scrum master certification; however, before jumping into the certification path. I would start off taking foundational courses on either Udemy, LinkedIn, or Coursera: Google Project Management: Professional Certificate program to get a basic understanding of Scrum including learning about Agile. You can take Agile Project Management as a separate course within the Google Project Management certificate program.

Certifications to consider: (click on the link to learn more).

Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Professional Scrum Master I (PSM)

SAFe Scrum Master (SSM)

Alternative certifications that can offer opportunities on a Scrum Team:

*A Scrum Team consists of Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I)

For Agile:

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

ICAgile Certified Professional

Alongside a certification and course knowledge, you may be able to rely heavily on your previous career experience as it relates to Scrum Master responsibilities. If you have decided that this is a path worth pursuing reach out to professionals in this field to learn what it takes to get you started on your way.

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