Thinking about a career as a Product Manager? Not sure what it takes or where to start?
In this series, SheCanCode takes a look at what qualifications and skills are needed for roles across the tech industry. We will also look at earning potential and the prospect of career growth as a software engineer, as well as pointing you in the right direction of companies and open job roles.
What is a Product Manager?
A Product Manager within the tech industry, is essential responsible for products, their creation, analysing data and making sure it’s a success.
A PM will work closely with customers, clients or users to determine their exact demands. They will then work with a variety of different teams such as Engineering, DevOps, Sales and Marketing.
The role is typically non-programming, and is a great next step for software engineers.
Although programming knowledge isn’t necessary for a role as PM, many companies will look for someone with a Computer Science or some form of STEM degree, such as Mathematics, Software Engineering or Web Design.
If you’d like to build up more experience, then you can take a short course in UX Design, SQL and programming to help boost your CV. Below are just a few courses to help you on your journey:
There are a number of technical skills that will help for a career in Product Management, including a knowledge of Excel, SQL and Agile; great data analytic skills; UX Design, and Development skills, amongst others.
Soft skills are also important for a PM role – communication skills, being able to work in a team , time management, and being a decision maker will all help in this role.
Earning potential and career growth
In the UK, the average salary for a Technical Product Manager is around £64,000 per annum. This rises to around £86,000 a year for a Senior PM.
Becoming a PM provides great career growth – once you’ve become a Senior PM, you can move to Director or VP roles within Product Management.
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