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Product Development Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Product Development Engineer develops new products for companies, and participates in all phases of product development including research, design, production and marketing. Uses research on customer demand and industry trends to develop product ideas; builds and tests product prototypes; evaluates production options and costs. May specialize in a particular type of product or in products for a specific industry.

Job Outlook

There were 298 Product Development Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10624 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Product Development Engineer industry, which includes the Product Development Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Product Development Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $93,282.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,059.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Product Development Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $77,674.

Education and Experience

Posted Product Development Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.25%
Bachelor's Degree76.18%
Master's Degree26.87%
Doctoral Degree8.13%
Other2.23%

Posted Product Development Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years23.73%
3 to 5 years51.8%
6 to 8 years13.64%
9+ years10.83%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Product Development Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (41.34%)
  • Problem Solving (29.03%)
  • Management (25.03%)
  • Leadership (22.77%)
  • Operations (19.86%)
  • Innovation (18.96%)
  • Sales (15.42%)
  • Research (14.5%)
  • Planning (14.26%)
  • Writing (14.14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Project Management (25.82%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (29.41%)
  • Product Engineering (22.76%)
  • New Product Development (70.46%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Supply Chain (10.53%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (13.11%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (7.51%)
  • Materials Science (6.99%)
  • 3D Modeling (10.71%)
  • Medical Devices (9.71%)
  • Technical Support (4.06%)
  • Automation (9.13%)
  • Data Analysis (8.88%)
  • SolidWorks (CAD) (15.85%)
  • Electrical Engineering (17.51%)
  • Computer Science (7.05%)
  • Purchasing (7.78%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (9.86%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (8.6%)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (7.12%)
  • Marketing (13.65%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (17.75%)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (8.45%)
  • Product Management (7.69%)
  • Product Design (17.91%)
  • Test Planning (7.67%)
  • Prototyping (9.93%)
  • Tooling (8.65%)
  • Process Improvement (9.08%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (7.21%)
  • Process Development (8.65%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Mechanical Engineering (62.83%)
  • Project Management (55.15%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Product Development Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Product Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Supplier Development Engineer
  • Product Development Specialist
  • New Product Development Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Systems Development Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Test Development Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Product Development Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (296)
  • Ford (259)
  • Intel (255)
  • Amazon (147)
  • Johnson & Johnson (141)
  • Caterpillar (104)
  • Honeywell International (95)
  • Standardaero (95)
  • HNI (92)
  • Raytheon Technologies (87)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (11)
  • Qorvo (11)
  • Caterpillar (10)
  • Raytheon Technologies (7)
  • Belcan (6)
  • Siemens Energy (5)
  • John Deere (5)
  • Owens Corning (5)
  • Wolfspeed (5)
  • Volvo (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!