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Become A Design Manager

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Working As A Design Manager

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $91,533

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Manager Do

A Design Manager coordinates a team of designers and drafters who use computer-aided design (CAD) for products. They delegate tasks, mentor team members, attend meetings, conduct presentations, and evaluate performance.

How To Become A Design Manager

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.

Education

Most architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture.

Many also gain business management skills by completing a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Some workers earn their master’s degree before advancing to management positions, and others earn it while they work as a manager. Employers will sometimes pay for such education. Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MsEM or MSTM and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

Engineering management programs usually include classes in accounting, engineering economics, financial management, industrial and human resources management, and quality control.

Technology management programs typically provide instruction in production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Managers advance to their positions after years of employment as an architect or engineer. They usually have experience working on difficult or complex projects, developing designs, solving problems, and making decisions. Before moving up to a management position, they also typically gain experience leading engineering teams. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architectural and engineering managers must evaluate information carefully and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Architectural and engineering managers oversee staff and work together with other levels of management. They must communicate orders effectively and lead teams to meet goals. 

Detail oriented. Architectural and engineering managers must pay attention to detail. Their duties require an understanding of complex systems since a minor error can cause major problems.

Math skills. Architectural and engineering managers use calculus and other advanced mathematics to develop new products and processes.

Organizational skills. Architectural and engineering managers keep track of many workers, schedules, and budgets simultaneously.

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Design Manager Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    61.5%
  • Female

    35.9%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.9%
  • Asian

    9.1%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    42.2%
  • French

    6.9%
  • Mandarin

    6.4%
  • German

    6.4%
  • Chinese

    5.8%
  • Italian

    4.0%
  • Portuguese

    3.5%
  • Japanese

    3.5%
  • Korean

    2.9%
  • Russian

    2.9%
  • Cantonese

    2.3%
  • Carrier

    2.3%
  • Arabic

    2.3%
  • Armenian

    1.7%
  • Swedish

    1.2%
  • Turkish

    1.2%
  • Hindi

    1.2%
  • Hungarian

    1.2%
  • Greek

    1.2%
  • Polish

    1.2%
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Real Design Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Experience Design Manager Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2016 $223,000
Senior Experience Design Manager Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jan 07, 2016 $219,243
Design Manager Quality Building Services Corp New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $215,405
Dimensional Survey and Design Manager Orion Project Services LLC Houston, TX Jul 01, 2015 $200,000
Dimensional Survey and Design Manager Orion Project Services LLC Houston, TX Aug 17, 2015 $200,000
Principal Design Manager Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jun 24, 2015 $195,000
Systems Design Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 14, 2016 $191,704 -
$233,900
Senior Design Manager, Digital Services CSAA Insurance Exchange Walnut Creek, CA Oct 20, 2015 $185,000 -
$202,200
Digital Signal Processing Design Manager Cavium Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 03, 2015 $182,800
Engineering and Design Manager GE Oil & Gas, Inc. Schertz, TX Sep 30, 2015 $170,000 -
$180,000
System Design Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 20, 2016 $167,685 -
$191,000
Design Verification Manager Teradyne Inc. North Reading, MA Sep 11, 2015 $165,000
Manager, Furnace and Reformer Design Petro-Chem Development Co., Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $165,000
Senior Scent Design Manager International Flavors & Fragrances New York, NY Dec 16, 2016 $160,000 -
$203,940
Catenary Design Manager Gannett Fleming, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 05, 2015 $129,314 -
$162,032
Game Design Manager IGT Reno, NV Aug 31, 2015 $128,128 -
$139,500
Game Design Manager IGT Reno, NV Apr 02, 2016 $127,629 -
$139,500
Systems Design MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 19, 2016 $127,200 -
$191,000
Visual Design Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 12, 2015 $125,790 -
$148,400
Analog Design Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 02, 2015 $125,278
Analog Design Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX May 11, 2015 $125,278
Store Design Manager Estee Lauder Travel Retail Services Inc. Miami, FL Jun 09, 2016 $93,150
Research & Design Manager Bentley Systems, Incorporated Walnut Creek, CA Dec 11, 2015 $93,080 -
$122,928
ART, Design, & Architecture Manager, Corp. Communications R/Ga Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $93,000 -
$113,000
Industrial Design Manager Fitbit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 25, 2016 $92,123
SR. Design Manager Tarkett USA, Inc. New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $90,640
Design Manager General Growth Properties Chicago, IL May 01, 2015 $90,025
Logistics Design Manager Exel Inc. Westerville, OH Sep 22, 2015 $89,918
Logistics Design Manager Exel Inc. Westerville, OH Mar 10, 2016 $89,128

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Top Skills for A Design Manager

DesignStaffCADStandardsProductDevelopmentAutocadProceduresCompanyWebsiteArchitectsCustomerServiceLayoutDesignConceptsDesignDepartmentProjectManagementFacilityAdobePhotoshopGraphicDesignProductLineConstructionDocumentsDesignProjectsDesignProcessSafety

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Top Design Manager Skills

  1. Design Staff
  2. CAD Standards
  3. Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage design staff of 8; delegating, training and overseeing all projects ranging from $20k -$750k.
  • Developed and maintain the office CAD standards.
  • Led North American product development design team challenged with delivering new products for multiple corporate brands and key trade partners.
  • Utilized AutoCAD Lisp routines in combination with added custom pull down menus to improve drawing output efficiency by approximately 200%.
  • Developed and maintained electronic engineering drawing release procedures.

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