What does a Program Manager do?

Program managers oversee interconnected projects that are complementary to one another and that ultimately build and contribute to larger, longer-term business objectives. Program managers outline a program’s strategy and its objectives and oversee a list of dependent projects that are needed to reach the program’s goals. They work with teams and instruct them on how to best implement their strategies and to measure the return on investment.

Program managers share the program’s strategy and objectives with an emphasis on its impact upon the business. As the overseers of multiple-project platform collaborations, they also define the independent projects that must be completed first in order to achieve the program's ultimate goals. While they are supervising groups of projects, they will also strategize, oversee, and coordinate various project products or other strategic initiatives that are programmed within a group of related projects. Program managers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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Program Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$96,347 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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$57K
Median: $96K
$164K
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Program Manager Career Path

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Rustic PathwaysRustic Pathways
Program Leader
Aug 28, 2019

“Incredible travel opportunities and you get to work with people with the same foundational beliefs from around the world”

University of British ColumbiaUniversity of British Columbia
Program Assistant
Dec 13, 2020

“Opportunities for Professional Development and Networking as a student or fresh grad is the best getaway from this position”

Vancouver Coastal HealthVancouver Coastal Health
Program Assistant- Mental Health and Substance Use
Feb 4, 2021

“Friendly staff who genuinely want to help you every step of the way from hiring to getting yourself started.”

Generation CitizenGeneration Citizen
Program Associate
Dec 20, 2019

“Culture of White Supremacy is high here and I don’t recommend working here if you’re a person of color.”

JOANN StoresJOANN Stores
Task Team
May 10, 2021

“Two of the six were amazing and some of my favorite people to work with.”

GoogleGoogle
Program Manager
Aug 31, 2021

“Some of the most intelligent and creative people I have ever worked with in my career.”

NTT DATANTT DATA
Program Manager
Sep 14, 2021

“Very dependant on client feedback and no career prospect within the company unless converted to permanent in client company.”

Integra Mission Critical
Assistant Program Manager
Aug 17, 2021

“People are really good and understand and teach you the neity and greety of the niche industry.”

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