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Working As A Software Engineering Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $125,728

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Engineering Manager Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Software Engineering Manager

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Software Engineering Manager Career Paths

Software Engineering Manager
Director Of Software Development Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Development Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Chief Engineer
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Principal Consultant
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Director 3.8 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.0%
Programmer 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.8%

Software Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

83.0%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

70.8%

Asian

18.8%

Hispanic or Latino

6.6%

Unknown

3.0%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

Chinese

15.0%

German

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%

Indonesian

5.0%

Lithuanian

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Czech

5.0%

Armenian

5.0%

Hebrew

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Software Engineering Manager Education

Schools

Santa Clara University

10.5%

University of Texas at Austin

8.3%

University of Phoenix

7.7%

Johns Hopkins University

5.5%

George Washington University

5.5%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Southern California

5.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.0%

University of Illinois University Administration

5.0%

University of California - San Diego

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

University of Washington

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.9%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.3%

Southern Methodist University

3.3%

Boston University

3.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.8%

Electrical Engineering

13.2%

Computer Engineering

12.3%

Business

11.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Information Systems

2.4%

Mathematics

2.2%

Management

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Physics

1.8%

Project Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Marketing

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

41.1%

Other

7.2%

Doctorate

3.6%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

1.8%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Software Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 25, 2015 $250,000
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 29, 2016 $250,000
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 13, 2016 $244,500
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 13, 2015 $236,500
Software Engineer Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2016 $221,000
Software Engineer Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 28, 2015 $221,000
Manager Software Engineering Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 07, 2016 $220,000
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 20, 2016 $215,000
Engineering Manager-Software Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 10, 2015 $214,864 -
$280,700
Manager, Engineering SW Netapp, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 07, 2016 $214,000 -
$220,000
Manager-Sw ENG (Manager-SVR Deployment & Apps) MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2016 $210,461
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. New York, NY Jan 28, 2016 $210,000
Software Engineer Applications Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 04, 2015 $209,102 -
$214,102
Software Engineer Applications Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 21, 2016 $205,200 -
$233,900
Manager-Sotware Engineering DEX One Service, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 01, 2015 $152,776 -
$199,800
SW ENG Apps MGR 2 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 01, 2015 $152,776 -
$187,200
Software Engineering Line Manager Amdocs Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 19, 2016 $152,750
Research Software Engineering Manager Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC Bellevue, WA Jan 08, 2016 $152,693 -
$165,000
Manager, Software Engineering Salesforce.Com Inc. Bellevue, WA May 30, 2016 $152,693
Research Software Engineering Manager Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC Bellevue, WA Sep 22, 2016 $152,693 -
$165,000
Manager, Software Engineering Salesforce.Com Inc. Bellevue, WA May 24, 2016 $152,639
Manager, Software Engineering Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2016 $152,520
SW ENG Apps MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 04, 2016 $127,837 -
$191,000
Software Engineering-SR Manager Fair Isaac Corporation Fairfax, VA Jan 14, 2016 $127,379 -
$141,000
Manager, Software Engineering EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Aug 15, 2016 $127,350 -
$173,250
Manager, Software Engineering EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Aug 31, 2016 $127,350 -
$173,250
Software Engineering Manager Bosch Battery Systems, LLC Orion, MI Aug 29, 2016 $126,984
Manager, Software Engineering EMC Corporation New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $126,422 -
$169,650
Software Engineering Manager Viridity Energy Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 05, 2016 $126,339
Software Engineering Manager Viridity Energy Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 04, 2016 $126,339

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Top Skills for A Software Engineering Manager

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Top Software Engineering Manager Skills

  1. Software Development
  2. Architecture
  3. Web Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured team implemented best practices and fully documented software development to support agency approvals.
  • Established overall architecture and technology standards for Stratus Service Technologies.
  • Key responsibilities: * Engineering Manager and Scrum Master for Web Services and Partner Integration teams.
  • Lead and mentor software engineers on proper techniques and direction.
  • Implement and develop new software technologies into all software/hardware products including scientific graphics, numerical analysis and advanced test methods.

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