Project management is becoming democratised, its methodologies adopted by managers in all sectors of industry and commerce, and professional project managers are having to learn new skills to keep up with technological change, according to a new survey.

72 per cent of project managers believe the sector is now a respected career choice, a profession in its own right, and also see its methodologies being adopted in other areas where complex programmes must be implemented.

The global survey was commissioned by AXELOS to throw light on what the profession might look like in 2030.

"Project management is now a business skill that everyone needs to have, and professional project managers will need a broader range of strategic skills, including the ability to manage relationships and change," says Peter Hepworth, CEO of AXELOS, custodians of PRINCE2 . "Our survey found that 90 per cent of PMs accept that they are going to need ongoing training to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. We have seen firsthand, through our PRINCE2 Membership offering, that there is certainly a demand from project managers to get access to supplementary content and resources to help them further develop their skills and advance their careers."

Human skills of communication and collaboration are more important than ever and will be crucial as projects become ever more complex over the next 15 years, Hepworth believes. "Success is increasingly dependent on collaboration rather than a process or hierarchy."

More and more companies are looking at groups of projects known as programmes, bringing a strategic approach that will need professional skills to achieve, Hepworth says. "Looking out to 2030, I believe that people will be managing projects that are much more aligned to strategic programmes, which will help drive organizational success."