An associate project manager helps the project manager in a variety of ways. They often serve as a buffer between the project manager and the rest of the team working on a given project. If something goes wrong in operational activities for a project, the associate project manager is the first person consulted for advice; they identify the problem, offer possible solutions, and decide if the problem needs to be brought to the project manager's attention. Typically, an associate project manage works in their company's main office, although they may need to travel to project sites.
Associate project managers are employed in many different industries, such as finance, engineering, and software development. In most cases, an associate project manager works directly underneath a lead project manager. Depending on the project, other team members may report directly to the associate project manager. Hours may vary for associate project managers depending on the needs of the project.
Associate project managers have wide variety of educational backgrounds; they may have bachelor's degrees in accounting, architecture, business, engineering, management, or another field. There are many different types of certifications that might be required or useful for those entering this field, such as CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certifications.