Research Summary. After extensive research, interviews, and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
Salaries have increased 11% for engineering operations managers in the last 5 years
Projected job growth for engineering operations managers is 3% from 2018-2028
There are over 75,555 engineering operations managers currently employed in the United States
There are 125,798 active engineering operations manager job openings in the US based on job postings
The average salary for an engineering operations manager is $122,682
Yes, engineering operations manager jobs are in demand. The job market for analysts is projected to grow 3% from 2018 to 2028.
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Mouse over a state to see the number of active engineering operations manager jobs in each state. The darker areas on the map show where engineering operations managers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.
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|1||District of Columbia||693,972||337||49%|
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We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
University of Iowa
Depatment of Physics & Astronomy
Casey DeRoo Ph.D.: Rather than a concrete skill, previous experience in managing teams to accomplish engineering-related tasks is sure to make you a standout. Showcasing familiarity with work management software (e.g., Jira) or budget/total effort tracking systems is important. Find out what software the company you're seeking employment with uses, and be sure to highlight this if you're familiar with it.
Casey DeRoo Ph.D.: The ability to understand the people on your team and allocate project work accordingly is important. In this role, you may find that you "step back" from the day-to-day of engineering and coordinate work on a project across multiple individuals with unique outlooks and skillsets. Recognize that "one size doesn't fit all" when it comes to management. Harnessing the make-up or the desired professional goals of your team to accomplish your assigned projects leads to better outcomes and productivity. Many skilled engineers lack leadership skills, so highlight these on your resume or during your interview if you have applicable experience.
Casey DeRoo Ph.D.: For a large company, familiarity with work management software is essential. Tasks are assigned, issues are noted, and effort tracked/billed all through these kinds of platforms. As Operations Manager, you'll be the one checking to ensure all tasks are assigned and are completed in a timely fashion, and may even be the one breaking up a project into initial tasks first.
Casey DeRoo Ph.D.: Pay tends to scale with project team size or complexity of the budget managed. Showing an ability to lead large, diverse teams on projects with multiple stakeholders or manage a substantial annual budget will net you jobs with a larger starting salary.