Software Development Manager

Job Description

Software Development Managers are responsible for leading a team to design, troubleshoot, and optimize software programs. They monitor applications, resolve issues, and analyze trends. Software Development Managers work to develop short- and long-term strategies for technology development to manage scalable software products. Software Development Managers work in myriad industries, including health care, construction, finance, and technology.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the development lifecycle of software products
  • Research new technologies to strengthen the organization 
  • Oversee, create and implement software products and applications
  • Plan, direct and coordinate the actions of the development team
  • Responsible for technology delivery
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to the organization
  • Act as a liaison between the department and senior leadership 

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, systems engineering, or a related field. Employers typically prefer candidates with a master’s degree, but it isn’t a requirement.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong understanding of information technology terminology, applications, and methodologies 
  • Solid critical-thinking and decision-making skills
  • Proficient in finding creative solutions to complex problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with and lead colleagues
  • Expertise in programming and debugging

Compensation

According to Payscale, the median annual salary of a Software Development Manager with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $89,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $90,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $94,000
  • Miami, Florida: $114,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $104,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $114,000
  • Houston, Texas: $110,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $115,000
  • New York City, New York: $90,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $110,000
  • Overall: $105,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $105,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $107,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $100,000
  • Miami, Florida: $125,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $120,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $125,000
  • Houston, Texas: $120,000
  • Los Angeles, California: #120,000
  • New York City, New York: $114,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $115,000
  • Overall: $116,000

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Career Path

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers may prefer candidates who have a master’s degree, as well as those with on-the-job experience. Software Development Managers have the opportunity to advance to positions such as Information Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer, or Chief Information Officer. 

Position Trends

The field of information technology is continually growing as businesses become more innovative. Organizations across all sectors are becoming more reliant on information technology, which means Software Development Managers will continue to be vital to their success.

According to the industry website Computer Science Online, mobile technology, data security, and big data will be the core components of most organizations’ infrastructure, products, and services. Software Development Managers must be responsible for remaining current on these components to better plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate program development within an organization. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the software development field should grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028. This growth rate is much faster than average for all occupations. 

Typical Hours

Typical hours for this position are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in an office setting. 

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