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Working As A Research And Development Program 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

  • $118,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development Program Manager Do

Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Duties

Architectural and engineering managers typically do the following:

  • Make detailed plans for the development of new products and designs
  • Determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Lead research and development projects to produce new products, processes, or designs
  • Check the technical accuracy of their staff’s work
  • Ensure the soundness of methods their staff uses
  • Coordinate work with other staff and managers

Architectural and engineering managers use their knowledge of architecture or engineering to oversee a variety of activities. They may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance at manufacturing sites, industrial plants, engineering services firms, and research and development laboratories.

Architectural and engineering managers are responsible for developing the overall concept of a new product or for solving the technical problems that prevent the completion of a project. To accomplish this, they must determine technical goals and produce detailed plans. 

Architectural and engineering managers spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their staff with the activities of other staff or organizations. They often confer with other managers, including those in finance, production, and marketing, as well as with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

In addition, architectural and engineering managers must know how to prepare budgets, hire staff, and supervise employees. They propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs. These managers must also hire people and assign them specific parts of each project to carry out. Architectural and engineering managers supervise the work of their employees, set schedules, and create administrative procedures.

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How To Become A Research And Development Program 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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Average Length of Employment
Program Manager 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Research And Development Program Manager
Manager 6.4%
Internship 3.0%
Engineer 2.6%
Top Careers After Research And Development Program Manager
Manager 5.9%
Consultant 4.1%
Director 3.6%
Liaison 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$118,000
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$86,000
Min 10%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$162,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Chelmsford, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Research And Development Program Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research And Development Program Manager in the United States is $118,807 per year or $57 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $86,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $162,000.

Real Research And Development Program Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Manager-Research & Development Unmanned Systems Incorporated Henderson, NV Sep 22, 2016 $140,000
Program Manager-Research & Development Unmanned Systems Incorporated Henderson, NV Oct 17, 2016 $140,000
R&D Engineering Program Manager Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Oct 04, 2013 $133,619 -
$139,346
R&D Program Manager Abbott Laboratories Princeton, NJ May 27, 2016 $130,000 -
$136,500
Research and Development Program Manager Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $125,000
Research & Development Program Manager Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $125,000
Research and Development Program Manager Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Feb 01, 2016 $125,000
Program Manager: R&D Campbell Soup Company Camden, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $121,613
Program Manager II-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 28, 2014 $116,094 -
$136,094
Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 02, 2016 $115,600 -
$135,600
Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 01, 2015 $108,000 -
$128,000
Manager Basic Science Research Program-Pediatric Texas Children's Hospital Houston, TX Jun 01, 2011 $107,000
Program Manager, Chemistry R&D Programs A123 Systems, Inc. Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2013 $107,000 -
$125,000
Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 26, 2015 $105,641 -
$125,641
Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 31, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 26, 2014 $100,000 -
$120,000
Health Researcher/Development Programs Manager The Institute for International Cooperation & DEVE Dowagiac, MI May 04, 2012 $87,341
Health Research/Development Programs Manager Institute for INTL Cooperation and Development Dowagiac, MI Aug 17, 2009 $80,266
Health Research/Development Programs Manager Institute for INTL Cooperation and Development Dowagiac, MI Aug 24, 2009 $80,266
Manager, Programming and Research Fox Sports Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2013 $77,101
Manager, Programming and Research Fox Sports Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2011 $74,001

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Top Skills for A Research And Development Program Manager

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  2. New Product Development
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Co-developed innovation and risk management framework now used by multiple international Xerox sites.
  • Improved project delivery, by innovative Design Deep Dives at New Product Development Process (PDP) Key Checkpoints.
  • Project Management Developed and implemented strategies to manage increasing volume of tests and streamlined progress tracking.
  • Developed a new material substrate platform which has technical and financial impact beyond my product portfolio responsibilities.
  • Managed to 90+% on-time deliveries and within resource allocations and budgets.

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Top 10 Best States for Research And Development Program Managers

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  2. California
  3. New Mexico
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Texas
  6. Virginia
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Delaware
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Research And Development Program Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

64.6%

Female

23.1%

Unknown

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.4%

French

11.8%

Japanese

8.8%

Mandarin

8.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Filipino

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Yoruba

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

Ningbo

2.9%

Xiang

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Research And Development Program Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.7%

George Washington University

6.7%

San Diego State University

6.7%

University of Washington

5.3%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

Purdue University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

Colorado State University

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Stanford University

4.0%

Boston University

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Santa Clara University

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Virginia

4.0%

Utah State University

4.0%
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Majors

Business

26.8%

Electrical Engineering

14.7%

Mechanical Engineering

10.3%

Computer Science

8.9%

Chemical Engineering

4.9%

Management

4.0%

Project Management

3.6%

Chemistry

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Communication

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

English

1.8%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.8%

Operations Management

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Aerospace Engineering

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

42.7%

Bachelors

33.0%

Doctorate

9.1%

Other

8.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.3%
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