Project Management

What Can the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Do for You?

13 Dec 2022
Sierra Hampton-Simmons
As our world of work continues to evolve, professionals are looking for ways to upskill and prepare for the organizational changes they will face. For those in project management roles, there’s one stand-out solution that can set them apart: the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. Sierra Hampton-Simmons tells all.

A woman talking to her colleagues during a meeting in their start up business officeWith talks of an impending global recession and ongoing societal unrest, many professionals are rethinking what this means for their career, their goals and what they should prioritize. Most, however, are looking for upskilling and reskilling opportunities so they can future-proof their skills and set themselves apart from the competition.  

It’s no secret that project professionals are in demand across industries and sectors – in fact, PMI’s 2021 Talent Gap survey reported the global economy will need 25 million new project professionals by 2030. At a time when organizations are becoming even more focused on outcomes and making their goals a reality, project professionals with the skills to deliver change – especially during tough times – will be crucial team members.  

One way professionals can get ahead of the curve: getting the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. The PMP certification offers an opportunity for professionals to find fulfilling and in-demand work to advance their careers and increase their earning potential with any team in any industry.

Additionally, there’s a sense of community that comes with being a PMP certification holder. This opens the door for professionals – especially young professionals – who may be working in a hybrid or virtual work environment, to network with others who have similar knowledge, experience, skillsets and insights into industry trends. A great way to do this is to join a local chapter and sign up for membership, there you'll learn just how supportive the PMI community is.

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Sierra Hampton-Simmons Sierra Hampton-Simmons

Sierra Hampton-Simmons joined PMI in the fall of 2013 to manage PMI’s Certification programs and currently serves as the VP, Products. She has over two decades of experience as an expert in digital product development and management with a track record for transforming and developing lucrative brands to include relevant performance-based testing and training. At PMI, Sierra is responsible for the entire portfolio of products including certifications, online learning, and standards and publications. She led innovations that included the evolving the PMP, PMI Study Hall, and the addition of the new Construction Professional in Built Environment Projects (PMI-CP) certification program.