I’m trying to tie up some loose ends, especially follow-ups promised in earlier blog posts (here). In particular, here are the top two answers from the “Is Project Management a Profession Yet?” survey (survey here):
- 38 percent: Yes, but second-tier — like engineering or non-university teaching (33 of 86 answers)
- 26 percent: No, not yet — could reach at least second-tier profession (22 of 86 answers)
I’m with the “No, not yet” crowd. I can see project management achieving some of professional attributes, but I see few in place now. For example, certifications are all well and good — and the PMP is becoming more universal — but they are a long way from licensure. Take a look at the some of the requirements, benefits, and documentation for the Professional Engineer license (here).