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Software Development / Engineering Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Leads teams of software developers who design or improve computer software. Manages and oversees the software development process and directs the work of software engineers. May be primary contact with customers or users; may manage software development project budgets and hire or train staff.

Job Outlook

There were 662 Software Development / Engineering Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 25243 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Software Development / Engineering Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Software Development / Engineering Manager 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 $118,274.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $114,307.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Software Development / Engineering Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $106,260.

Education and Experience

Posted Software Development / Engineering Manager 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 Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree61%
Master's Degree35%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other2%

Posted Software Development / Engineering Manager 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 years7%
3 to 5 years38%
6 to 8 years33%
9+ years21%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Software Development / Engineering Manager 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.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration (41%)
  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Mentoring (22%)
  • Problem Solving (22%)
  • Planning (21%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Software Engineering (80%)
  • Software Development (59%)
  • Java (38%)
  • Engineering Management (30%)
  • JavaScript (24%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • SQL (18%)
  • C++ (16%)
  • Project Management (16%)
  • Microsoft C# (14%)
  • Budgeting (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) (7%)
  • Atlassian JIRA (7%)
  • Unit Testing (6%)
  • Scala (5%)
  • Docker Software (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Software Development / Engineering Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Software Engineering Manager
  • Software Development Manager
  • Manager, Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Lead
  • Manager Software Engineering

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 Software Development / Engineering Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (1928)
  • JP Morgan Chase Company (1181)
  • Capital One (801)
  • Microsoft Corporation (579)
  • KPMG (491)

North Carolina

  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (47)
  • Microsoft Corporation (31)
  • Deloitte (19)
  • KPMG (17)
  • Dell (17)

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