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  Use these resources to be deliberate about teaching PMforCTE

Getting Started Pathways & Materials PM for STEM PM for Robotics

Project Management for Career and Technical Education

Math in PMPM for JAGSenior ProjectsSLO's and Clubs

PM for JAG

Senior Projects

SLO’s and Clubs

Life skills in PM are key for at-risk students and align with many listed JAG competencies

PM skills help all students with their senior or culminating projects

CTE student leader-ship organizations, ASB’s and service clubs like Rotary’s Interact both use and share PM Skills

Teach PMforCTE

Teach PM for CTE

Professional development for individual teachers or groups is available from PMforCTE

Project Management is a life skill,

a job skill and a certificated career option

PM for EDU

PM for EDU

Different levels of skills in project, program and portfolio management are key for    Superintendents, Principals and other education leaders

Getting Started

PM Classes


PM for Robotics

Math in PM

Pocket Guides, Glossary, Templates and Basic PowerPoints to add PM to any CTE class

Curriculum Frame-works, program models & pilot course examples for teaching a stand-alone PM Course

Project-based STEM programs demand industry-standard PM Skills

Align your First Robotics and related competitions to the PM standards

Usable advanced business math tools and techniques are prevalent in PM

 PM skills are essential for success in classes that are centered on project-based learning.  Students are assigned projects early in their education.  Career and Technical Education classes strongly rely on student-centered applied learning in the context of real projects from business and industry, yet frameworks for PM skills are seldom taught, leaving students to learn by their mistakes from projects falling short of the mark.  

PMforCTE recognizes the need for deliberate and intentional learning about project management to enhance student growth and success during their education and training, and for their careers in a global economy.  Communication between business entities around the world demand common vocabulary and standards-based project management frameworks for effective and efficient management of projects, leveraging the need for teaching PMforCTE, especially in STEM classes.  By basing PMforCTE learning materials on the internationally recognized standards of certifications through the Project Management Institute, students not only can build their globally-recognized skills, they can build their learning towards earning those globally-recognized certifications.

Everyday life skills in project management will also help assure student success in community service projects, fundraisers, planning a party/dance, etc. or later in adult life when planning a home project, a wedding, a PTA fundraiser/project, club sports event, etc.  Many schools require a senior or culminating project, yet these teachable moments are seldom used to offer students a framework of project management skills.

Whether CTE students are pursuing their dreams in Ag production, construction, manufacturing, IT, video production, hospitality/event planning…whatever span class="C-12">project management skills will enhance their success in school, on the job and in their home and community life.

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Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Job example:  Remediation Project Manager plans and implements the cleanup of a polluted property.

Architecture & Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Job example:  Construction Project Manager schedules and coordinates all design and construction processes, including the selection, hiring, and oversight of specialty trade contractors, such as carpentry, plumbing, or electrical, but they usually do not do any actual construction of the structure.

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Job example:  Video Game Project Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of the business and creative infrastructure required to support the launching of upcoming title games.

Business Management & Administration

Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Job example:  Business Project Manager is responsible to plan, execute and finalize work adhering to the deadlines, and for coordinating with the entire team, client and stakeholders.

Education & Training

Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services such as administration, teaching/training, administrative support, and professional support services.

                Job example: Instructional Designer designs and develops instructional material for customer training                  courses that support company technical products.


Planning and related services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Job example:  Auditor leads project engagements to determine appropriate accounting and financial systems and protocols are being met within a business.

Government & Public Administration

Planning and executing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, and regulations.

Job example:  FEMA Project Manager begin work when a disaster occurs and do not finish until applicants for assistance have received final payment for their projects.

Health Science

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Job example:  Healthcare Project Manager might include instituting a new catheter procedure throughout a hospital or developing a Tai Chi exercise routine for the elderly in a retirement home to improve their balance.

Hospitality & Tourism

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as restaurant and food/beverage services, lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusement and attractions.

Job example:  Event planner manages the process of planning a festival, ceremony, competition, party, or convention.

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Job example:   Human Services Project Manager introduces new services such as a bi-lingual education/career night within a company or organization.

Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Job example:  IT Project Manager plans and implement new hardware and/or software systems.  Software and applications developers and project managers utilize newer project management techniques called agile or scrum project management.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Job example:  Homeland Security Project Manager helps secure our borders, airports, seaports and waterways; research and develop the latest security technologies; respond to natural disasters or terrorists assaults; and analyze intelligence reports.


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Job example:  Nearly every job in manufacturing requires knowledge of project management vocabulary, tools and techniques, especially in the global world of manufacturing.


Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives such as brand management, professional sales, merchandising, marketing communications and market research.

Job example:  Marketing Project Manager supervises and coordinates activities of employees engaged in providing marketing information to the Sales & Marketing function within an organization and to other appropriate departments.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Job example:  Aerospace Project Manager implements the design/builds processes for parts and systems of aircraft and space vehicles.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Job example:  Distribution Project Manager demonstrates a high level of experience in the field of Global Logistics & Supply Chain with experience preferred in Freight Forwarding (Air & Ocean).

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Project Management Salaries by Industry Cluster

Industry Clusters and Project Management Job Examples

Based on 2009 Project Management Salary Survey (6th Edition), Project Management Institute.  This survey began with nearly 35,000 self-reporting respondents from around the world, and refined to about 20,000 USA-based individuals.  Reports are available for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India and Japan from PMI.

The Importance of Teaching Project Management in All CTE Courses Examples