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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

  • $123,910

    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
Senior Software Engineer Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Principal Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Leader 3.4 years
Software Designer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Software Engineering Manager
Consultant 4.3%
Programmer 2.5%
Top Careers After Software Engineering Manager
Consultant 6.5%
Manager 2.5%

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Software Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

82.3%

Female

13.7%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Asian

17.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.8%

Chinese

15.1%

German

7.5%

Polish

7.5%

Mandarin

5.7%

Italian

5.7%

Japanese

5.7%

Russian

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Korean

1.9%

Indonesian

1.9%

Ukrainian

1.9%

Lithuanian

1.9%

French

1.9%

Armenian

1.9%

Thai

1.9%

Tatar

1.9%

Czech

1.9%
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Software Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

University of Texas at Austin

9.8%

Santa Clara University

8.3%

George Washington University

5.9%

University of Southern California

5.5%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.7%

Purdue University

4.7%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

National University

3.9%

University of California - Berkeley

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

University of Illinois University Administration

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

Stanford University

3.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.5%

George Mason University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.6%

Business

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

12.1%

Computer Engineering

10.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Project Management

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Information Systems

2.4%

Mathematics

2.3%

Finance

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Engineering

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.0%

Marketing

0.9%

Aerospace Engineering

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

39.5%

Other

8.3%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%

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 Aug 29, 2016 $250,000
Software Engineering Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 25, 2015 $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 Sep 22, 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 Jan 08, 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 Jan 10, 2016 $152,520
Software Engineering Manager Trizetto Corporation Englewood, CO Aug 22, 2016 $128,236
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 31, 2016 $127,350 -
$173,250
Manager, Software Engineering EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Aug 15, 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 04, 2016 $126,339

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Top Skills for A Software Engineering Manager

  1. Software Development
  2. Web
  3. Architecture
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  • Led Software Development, Software Configuration Management and Integration Test teams for multiple Mobile Location products.
  • Managed all operational and administrative processes within the engineering department for web-based retail logistics and delivery solutions.
  • Designed and implemented system with the data capacity for all employee records, and delivered architecture documentation.
  • Planned and executed multiple MFC and embedded C and C++ product software, including maintenance and test activities for semiconductor mfg.
  • Created new data classes with associated SQL stored procedures that reduced client application processing time by 70%.

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