Prepare for 2021: 5 Key Trends for Change Management Job Roles

    Jan 22, 2021 | Posted by Michael Campbell

    Are you interested in changing or enhancing your career? Wondering if change management could be the right path for you? What does a change management professional do and what are the latest trends for the role?

    The development of change management has increased greatly in recent years, especially during the pandemic,  from its humble begins as a foundational understanding, to being considered a formalised discipline with organisations creating permanent positions for change professionals.


    Today you are likely to find over 60,000 change management job roles available at any one time. Just a few years ago the number of roles with change management in their title was less than half this number. This growth in the number of available roles is a strong marker that shows the discipline is maturing rapidly.

    Let's explore Prosci's Best Practices research a little further to uncover the trends in job roles below.

    Trend 1 - Prevalence - the data tells us that around 50% of organisations have change management job roles but while 22% of those organisations report they have had those roles for more than 6 years, 57% of these organisations have only had change management roles in place for 3 years or less.

    Trend 2 - Location - the data tells us that 55% to 75% of organisations in Banking, Insurance, Finance, Services and Pharmaceutical are most likely to have change management roles especially if they are located in countries with high change management maturity (the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore & New Zealand). The availability of roles is also correlated to the employee and revenue size of the organisation. The larger the organisation the more likely it is to have change management roles. Within a single organisation, 61% of respondents report change management roles being located within a single function, with HR or the PMO being the most popular functions.

    Trend 3 - Roles and Titles - whilst training and communications have long been the foundational change management activities for a practitioner increasingly, the data tells us, organisations are looking for individuals who can drive successful change adoption throughout the whole organisation on multiple projects/programs simultaneously. 63% of respondents report that on average they are supporting the change management activities on between 2 and 4 projects per annum yet only 49% of respondents have permanent full-time, as opposed to part-time, change management job titles and roles.

    Trend 4 - Remuneration - here 43% of respondents report an average salary for a change management role in the range of $100,000 US to $150,000 with an overall average of just over $103,000 from all respondents.

    Trend 5 - Career Paths - The data tells us that less than 1 in 5 respondents reported that their organisations had a change management career path in place. Even though 73% of organisations also report that they are at or past the point of change saturation, ie where the volume and pace of change are more than the organisations is collectively able to absorb and adapt to extract full business value or ROI.


    So what are the implications of this data on the options available to new starters and professionals looking to take the next step in their career path? How can you successfully differentiate yourself in this growing market? We offer the following 3 suggestions:

    1. Become a Certified Change Management Professional 

    If you are looking to learn about change management methodology to apply to your projects, register the Certified Change Management Practitioner course.  Join us for an interactive, three-day learning experience where you will gain the knowledge, skills and tools to drive successful change initiatives. 

    👉 Participate in Prosci Change Management Certification Programme

    2. Consider an Advanced Track from Prosci

    Prosci have the following 3 Advanced Tracks open to practitioners looking to take the next step. All three tracks consist of further mandatory learning, development and recording of change implementation experience based upon elective modules and assessment of a "Capstone Project" to confirm the advanced certification.

    👉 Participate in Prosci's Experienced Practitioner Program from CMC

    a) Prosci certified Advanced Practitioner - Deliver exceptional results through the expert application of change management on projects and programs. Become the guru of change management able to deliver complex change projects and programs in your organisation.

    👉 Participate in the 1-day Prosci Enterprise Change Management (ECM) bootcamp from CMC

    b) Prosci Certified Advanced Deployment Leader - Grow organisational capability and agility through the strategic deployment and internalisation of change management throughout your organisation, so that it becomes an organisational core competency.

    3. Obtain some expert coaching from CMC

    With over 130 people working in and around the fields of change management, project/program management and business analysis in Europe and Asia CMC is well positioned to offer individual change management practitioner customised 1:1 coaching services based upon our 20+ years of practical and pragmatic change delivery client work.

    We can deliver these coaching services to you either remotely via the phone or using online meeting facilities - we call this CMC Practitioner Plus - or on site for you and your change team - we call this the CMC Change Accelerator Workshop.

    Asia Change Management Week 

    If you would like to develop your change management skillset and advance your career, join us for any of our one day courses during Asia Change Management Week in February.  We offer a number of interactive and valuable online workshops to help you enhance your change management knowledge and prepare you for implementing successful change projects.

    If you would like to find out more view our upcoming courses or contact us for more information.

    Topics: CMC, change management certification, Prosci® Practitioner Programme