Most development managers list "project management," "customer service," and "patients" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important development manager responsibilities here:
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We've found that 71.5% of development managers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 16.5% earned their master's degrees before becoming a development manager. While it's true that most development managers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every nine development managers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those development managers who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or computer science degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for development managers include marketing degrees or communication degrees.
When you're ready to become a development manager, you might wonder which companies hire development managers. According to our research through development manager resumes, development managers are mostly hired by KPMG, Deloitte, and Amazon. Now is a good time to apply as KPMG has 252 development managers job openings, and there are 90 at Deloitte and 62 at Amazon.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, development managers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Morgan Lewis, and Meta. Take Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for example. The median development manager salary is $197,876. At Morgan Lewis, development managers earn an average of $195,497, while the average at Meta is $195,048. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
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If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at IBM, Cisco, and Intel. These three companies have hired a significant number of development managers from these institutions.
The industries that development managers fulfill the most roles in are the professional and technology industries. But the highest development manager annual salary is in the technology industry, averaging $123,452. In the manufacturing industry they make $117,951 and average about $116,394 in the hospitality industry. In conclusion, development managers who work in the technology industry earn a 5.9% higher salary than development managers in the professional industry.