Software Development Manager

By: Sean Shao

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To become a software development manager, it requires a bachelor's degrees in computer science or software engineering. These programs would also require significant math skills that include a sequence in calculus, linear algebra, and a sequence in physics.

However, just because you met these requirements, it doesn't necessarily mean you would be successful. In order to be fully successful, you would also have to have leader like qualities like being logical, being a good communicator and being a good listener...

What you do and what you get

The job of a software development manager is to create an environment and team that delivers outstanding software as fast as possible while having fun. In addition to other assigned duties, software development managers are also responsible for developing a team of direct reports, and leading a cross functional delivery team.

At the end of a hard working year, software development manager's salaries can reach up to $119,850.

Working environment

Computer software engineers typically work in a well-lit office with comfortable surroundings or in computer laboratories. Most software development managers work at least 40 hours a week, but due to the project-oriented nature of the work, they may also have to work during evenings or weekends to meet their deadline needs or solve unexpected technical problems.

Having a good working environment is getting even more important now as the demands for software development managers increases. In 2011, around 1 in every 20 open job postings in the U.S. job market relates to software development/engineering. It is expected to increase by 22% by the end of 2020, which makes software developers one of the fastest growing jobs in the world.

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