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What Are Some Alternative Project Management Career Paths?

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Let's cast our net wider.



This post is for anyone, specifically servicemembers either separating or retiring from the military. There are a lot of ongoing conversations about the experience that servicemembers have weighed against the responsibilities of a Project Manager; although valid, there's more to the role; even when studying the PMBOK, you are exposed to different areas in which I can honestly say not every servicemember has experience, i.e., budgeting and resource management.


What is Project Management?



So, How does project management compare to the responsibilities of a servicemember?


As servicemembers, we are highly skilled, can navigate through ambiguity, are excellent communicators, and can prioritize responsibilities assigned to us. We attend leadership school and become supervisors/managers reasonably young. Two of our most significant traits that compliment Project Management are staying on time and always on task. Great qualities but not enough to confidently navigate this area as well as compete against those that have the corporate exposure of PM including knowing how to weave in and out of PM-related tools such as Jira, MS Project, Salesforce, SAP, SAP Ariba or methodologies such as Agile and Scrum even familiarity with the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), if interested in becoming an IT Project Manager.


You must reassess if you can't confidently speak on the projects you've managed or led in an interview.


This is in no way to discourage anyone; if Project Management is your goal, then go for it, but for those looking for different career paths that may or may not have a direct correlation to project management, I have the list for you. The jobs below are from my research on LinkedIn and that I find worth exploring. I've tried to closely match them to their specific function, but I may be off a bit for some. But as an everyday mantra on LinkedIn, find mentors in these areas to learn more about the roles!


I hope this helps!


Administrative/Business

Administrative Business Partner

Business Operations

Business Support

Business Analyst

Business Intelligence Analyst

Business Transformation

Change Management

Chief of Staff

Product Owner

Product Analyst

Product Specialist

Resource Manager

Product Manager

Product Delivery Manager

Process Analyst/Manager

Governance Analyst

Knowledge Management

Engagement Manager

Partnership Manager

Business Development Manager

Partner Success Manager

Customer Success Manager

eCommerce Manager

Alliance Manager

Corporate Development

Operational Excellence

Sponsorships

Licensing Coordinator/Manager

Performance Management Analyst

Quality Assurance/Management


Technology

IT Business Partner

IT Operations

Implementation Consultant

Implementation Specialist

Account Delivery Manager

Account Support Manager

Customer Solutions Manager

Technical Operations Manager

Trust & Safety

Digital Transformation

Software Analyst

Software Manager

IT Asset Manager

Data Analyst

Technical Manager

Release Manager

IT Governance

Configuration Manager


Human Resource/L&D

Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP)

Talent & Culture

Workforce Management

People Business Partner

Learning Partner

Talent Management

Learning & Development

HR Operations

Onboarding Specialist


Supply Chain/Logistics/Procurement

Acquisition Management

Vendor Management

Supply Chain Business Partner

Business Operations Manager

Strategic Sourcing

Procurement Category

Procurement Manager

Procurement Specialist

Buyer

Category Sourcing

Supplier Diversity Manager

Vendor Solutions Manager

Sourcing Specialist

Commodity Manager

Contract Manager

Property/Asset Management


Maintenance/Operations

Facilities Specialist

Field Service Engineer

Service Operations

Area Manager

Operations Manager

Construction Manager

Operations Specialist

Facility Operations

Operations Engineer

Systems Manager

Maintenance Manager

Facilities Manager

Facilities Technology Services

Data Center Manager

Site Manager

Integrated Support Program Manager


Finance

Project Control Analyst

Business Risk/Control

Financial Systems Analyst

Financial Planning/Analysis Specialist

Controller

Finance Manager

Proposal Manager

Proposal Analyst

Risk Analyst

Risk Project Analyst

Program Finance Analyst

Principal Pricing Analyst


Portfolio/Program/Project Management

PMO Analyst

PMO Manager

PMO Lead

PMO Specialist

PMO Project Analyst

Portfolio Analyst

Portfolio Operations Analyst

Portfolio Manager

Program Management Specialist

Program Specialist

Program Analyst

Management Analyst

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