What does a Project Controls Specialist do?

Project controllers take ownership and accountability for the management and oversight of a project throughout its lifecycle, taking an active role in all aspects of the process. They are responsible for ensuring the project stays on track with regards to both budgets and timelines. They may serve as a liaison to coordinate the schedules and tasks of numerous internal teams, and to gather insight, approvals, and other contributions from stakeholders. They may also be involved with client relations and vendor management. They implement and organize project management programs and tools to ensure an efficient system.

Project controllers typically have a bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field, although equivalent relevant professional experience may be acceptable as a substitute. They should be proficient in project management programs, along with common office programs such as Excel. These roles require meticulous attention to detail and strong project management skills.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Project Controls Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$82,638 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$59K
Median: $83K
$116K
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Project Controls Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become a Project Controls Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Project Controller
$81,126/yr
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Project Controls Specialist Insights

Read what Project Controls Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Performance ContractorsPerformance Contractors
Project Controls
Jan 2, 2022

“This is great for money making but can be a burden on quality of life.”

Akebono Corporation (North America)Akebono Corporation (North America)
Program Controller
Oct 16, 2020

“I worked at the engineering center in Farmington Hills Michigan and it was filled with great & educated people that I really enjoyed working with.”

United Global TechnologiesUnited Global Technologies
Project Controls Engineer
Mar 19, 2021

“Pay is awesome and weekly.”

PetrofacPetrofac
Project Controls Engineer
Nov 2, 2021

“Great career opportunities and ability to learn about the industry”

UK Ministry of DefenceUK Ministry of Defence
Project Controller
Dec 9, 2020

“Good opportunities and experience on many projects”

RBCRBC
Senior Project Control Officer
Apr 30, 2020

“Great place to work and an amazing team”

AlbemarleAlbemarle
Project Controls Manager
Nov 18, 2019

“Good Salary and benefit packages”

TengizchevroilTengizchevroil
Cost Controller
Aug 12, 2019

“Terrible bullies and really no idea”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a project controls specialist

When working as a project controls specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, P6, Powerpoint, and Work Under Pressure.

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The most common qualifications to become a project controls specialist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.