A project officer is someone who works in a support role for a company’s programs or overall mission. Project officers work in a wide array of industries, such as technical, education or sales. They perform a variety of tasks and work in all phases of a project, from its beginning stages to completion. Mostly, project officers must have a thorough understanding of the goals of a project and their company’s guidelines.
Project officers work under supervisors who implement strategies to help a company grow and increase profits. The officer will perform clerical duties, make suggestions and follow instructions in relation to the project. Many times officers are responsible for assisting in selling, marketing or delivering a project. In other words, officers play an important role in seeing a project through.
A project officer should possess strong verbal and written communication skills. She should be organised, motivated and work well alone as well as with a team. She also needs to understand how to follow instruction, as project officers often answer to management and, occasionally, customers. In most industries, project officers also need to have basic computer and clerical skills.
Depending on the size and scope of the industry in which a project officer is employed, he likely needs at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many times, he will need a 4-year college degree, with an emphasis on courses in marketing, sales, administration and finance. But, as is the case in any industry, proven knowledge of how to complete projects is the best experience. A project officer who works in the information technology field, for instance, would typically need to display previous skills related to repairing computer systems.
While there is no firm data on the overall outlook for project officers, their positions are likely to increase along with the industry in which they work. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the wholesale and manufacturing sales industries are likely to see an employment increase of 7 per cent from 2008 to 2018, while jobs in computer technology are expected to increase by 17 per cent during that same span.
Just like job prospects, how much money a project officer can make varies greatly by industry, project and responsibilities. For example, a project officer in information technology earned a salary in the range of £29,900 to more than £78,000 per year in February 2010, according to PayScale.com.