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A Profissão de Gerenciamento de Projetos em alta no Brasil e no mundo.

In 2014, project management practitioners will continue to be in high demand. But what that demand means—the opportunities offered, the skills needed—will vary wildly by sector and location.

The rapidly growing economies of India and China have a strong need for project practitioners with a standard set of skills. “The fundamentals of project management are not clearly integrated in China, and there are lots of opportunities for growth in this area,” says Jerry D. Lainhart, PMP, a Haiyang, China-based coordinator for nuclear-power provider Westinghouse Electric Company. Chinese organizations are increasingly embracing project management processes—and striving to ensure their staffs are trained in them. “An experienced project manager will likely have many assistant project managers trying to understand the ins and outs of project management so the company will be self-sufficient in these skills on their next project,” Mr. Lainhart says.

Meanwhile, in developed countries still recovering from the global meltdown, increased pressure on an organization’s bottom line means an increased need for project practitioners who can think strategically when executing projects.

“The ability to convert strategy into action is the emerging skill of our time,” says Tim Wasserman, program director of the Stanford University Advanced Project Management program, Stanford, California, USA. When project managers can grasp the larger ecosystem in which the project lives, they’re able to create more agile processes that lead to improved outcomes—not just for the organization but also for the economy.

And employers realize that. In July 2013, project manager jobs topped the list of open positions in healthcare IT in the United States just as overall job demand in that field reached a record high, according to Wanted Analytics. In Canada, “senior project manager” was the most commonly advertised senior-level job title across all industries, while project managers in the United Kingdom enjoyed a drop in unemployment.

These six sectors face differing challenges and economic outlooks, but they have one thing in common: job opportunities for project practitioners.


While renewable energy gets the media buzz, traditional energy hasn’t gone the way of yesterday’s news quite yet. New oil-field discoveries and advances in fossil-fuel extraction technology are leading to some of the largest energy projects in the world.

The mostly untapped oil fields off the coast of Rio de Janeiro could turn Brazil into one of the world’s leading oil producers. Yet to get there, the nation will have to overcome a shortage of qualified project practitioners. Among countries with the most difficulty finding skilled workers, Brazil ranks second to Japan, according to ManpowerGroup.

“Skilled project managers are very difficult to recruit in Brazil,” says Derek M. Stott, PMP, Brazil pre-salt project director for Dresser-Rand, Campinas, Brazil. Dresser-Rand supplies gas turbine and motor drive compression equipment for a US$73 billion exploration and production project led by Brazilian oil company Petrobras, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Over the next three to five years, Petrobras plans to deploy more than 20 new floating production, storage and off-loading facilities to access Brazil’s pre-salt reserves lying beneath thick layers of rock and salt. Such rapid industry growth, coupled with government restrictions on outsourcing parts and labor, has stimulated local industrial production beyond the capacity of the existing labor pool. “If you have a degree, you’ll have no trouble finding a project management job in Brazil,” says Mr. Stott.

"If you have a degree, you’ll have no trouble finding a project management job in Brazil."

— Derek M. Stott, PMP, Dresser-Rand, Campinas, Brazil


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