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Product management is one of the fastest growing fields in tech, and if you’re able to juggle the job’s competing demands for your attention and time (and those of your team), it could be an excellent career choice. Product managers are responsible for arranging and managing the work of tech teams, as well as ensuring that projects meet all essential requirements and serve to satisfy identified business goals. Masters of communication and paragons of effective leadership, PMs strive to perfect the processes of projects rather than granularly perfect each project one by one.

PM jobs are an excellent choice if you’re looking to make a career shift. If you’re coming from a technical background, you’re in good company, as the lion’s share of new PMs have similar starting points. Don’t be put off by the strong emphasis on business in many project manager roles — only around 20% of PMs have business credentials, and the ability to learn on the job is better described as a necessity than a prerequisite.

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Why become a product manager?

Product management jobs are rife with satisfying challenges! Throughout the development cycle, you’ll strive to understand stakeholder needs and reflect them into the final product while keeping teams on track, under budget, and on time. Nowadays, you can do all of this from anywhere in the world — or would you rather be on site?

On-site product manager jobs

On-site product manager roles have one big advantage when it comes to communication: Proximity. When the answer to a burning question is just a knock away, you can save a lot of time right off the bat, making your life a little easier.

Remote product manager jobs

Tech teams now draw talent from all over the world, so a junior product manager has a lot of options when starting out. If remote work is your preference, you’ll have plenty of PM jobs to choose from!

Step into the Role of a Product Manager

Ready to put your strategic thinking and leadership skills to great use?
Apply now to explore exciting and high-value product management opportunities.

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What technical skills do you need to work in product management?

  • Advanced Technological Aptitude

    Although there’s no set in stone path for product manager jobs, it would be difficult if not outright impossible to become a PM without extensive technological experience. While you won’t be spending your days coding, you’ll need to have a solid understanding of the challenges of those who do if you’re to properly coordinate coding sprints.

  • Agile/Scrum Experience

    In a product owner role, quite a bit of project management comes into play when managing work and navigating shifting priorities. Make sure you’re clear on Agile and Scrum; these project management frameworks help teams come together to work in a highly effective, flexible manner.

  • Leadership Abilities

    As a product manager, you’re not just another drone in a queue waiting for orders, you’re a leader who’s in charge of your team’s destiny — a visionary. You must be able to envision a completed product (from nothing), outline it in detail, and keep teams focused/motivated during the long push to develop it. As they say: you’ll need to know when to lead, when to follow, and when to get out of the way.

  • Time Management and Organizational Skills

    Product manager roles are all about dates and deadlines. Since you’ll be in charge of scheduling work for entire teams, you’d better have your own calendar well in order beforehand, or the entire product risks running into disaster.

  • Collaboration and Teamwork Skills

    Tech is a team sport – nobody knows it better than a technical product manager! As a PM, your communication skills will be put to the test on a daily basis. You’ll connect with stakeholders, developers, leadership, and many others, striving to understand their concerns and reflect solutions to their challenges in the final product.

What are the future prospects for product managers?

Product management roles are the new kid on the block when it comes to jobs in tech, but don’t let that fool you — these positions are here to stay. While still too new to be reflected among the occupational research that the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles every year, the forecast for most product management jobs is quite positive indeed.

If you have superior technical skills, strong leadership and communication abilities, it’s possible to become very successful as a product manager or a product owner. Since these jobs demand such well-developed tech and soft skills, they are often in very high demand, and companies are loath to lose a good PM. As far as compensation is concerned, a senior product manager typically averages around six figures annually, which is a decent sum with which to build a life.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is product manager a good career choice?

    Yes! Product manager roles are wonderful career choices for individuals with extensive technological abilities and the drive to lead a team. If you’re unafraid of tight deadlines and hard work, a technical product manager job could be an excellent fit for you. Although the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics does not yet granularly track PM jobs as they do many other vocations, the career path is considered similar to marketing management in terms of growth — both roles continue to show a faster growth rate than the national average.

  • What are some of the most common roles in technical product management?

    As you’ve seen, product manager jobs are incredibly interdisciplinary and involve wearing a lot of hats from day to day to stay on top of critical aspects of production. You already know that to do this, an aspiring technical product manager must master a challenging combination of tough technical skills and supportive soft skills, but how do all those skills work together exactly? Let’s examine some roles that typically get assigned to product managers during development:

    • Product specialist: To translate customer requirements into user stories for the team to work from in development, a PM has to know their product, company, target market, and competition like the back of their hand. They are the product’s first subject matter expert.
    • Business specialist: PMs can also act as liaisons between development teams and the business as a whole. They communicate with and manage key stakeholders, almost like diplomats acting within an org.
    • Leader: The most successful product managers are leaders before anything else. As the product’s first subject matter experts and evangelists, they must be able to guide teams through development, inspiring them to completion.
  • What are the job responsibilities of a product owner?

    Product owners do a lot. On scrum teams, the product owner must act in the customer’s stead, outlining requirements that must be incorporated into the final product. This role is as highly collaborative and communicative as it is technological! To be successful in product owner roles, you’ll want to make sure you’re not only in touch with what end users want, but that you can convey it to the development team in ways they understand. Did we mention you have to manage the product backlog too? Because you do. Here are a few more job responsibilities that fall under the product owner’s purview:

    • Align identified consumer and stakeholder needs with a company’s unique goals to define a product’s overall strategy.
    • Manage the product’s backlog of features and requirements yet to be developed.
    • Understand the business value of product features and prioritize them accordingly during development.
    • Collect feedback from customers and stakeholders to drive future improvements or development of subsequent products.
  • What are the qualifications required to become a product manager?

    Since product management as a career is still pretty new (as with many technology-based careers), there’s no set path yet for aspirants to follow. This can be a wonderful thing; with PMs arising from a plethora of backgrounds, the field itself is rife with diverse knowledge. However, if you’re feeling stymied by all of the possibilities in lieu of a clear guide, start here with the below list of generalized baseline qualifications. These qualities are needed for most, if not all, modern PM jobs:

    • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (good bets for product management are STEM or business-related subjects)
    • Familiarity with modern PM doctrines like Agile and Scrum
    • Experience with project management tools
    • Strong communication skills
    • Proven leadership ability
  • What are the industries that hire product managers?

    While many, many product manager jobs are in technology companies, you don’t necessarily have to work in tech to break into the field. Lots of different industries are now in need of talented PMs, and depending on your skill set, you may find that it’s easier to get started in product management roles in a non-tech industry than vice versa. Here are some examples of industries to add to your search for PM positions:

    • Retail/eCommerce
    • Healthcare
    • Consumer Products
    • Technology and IT
    • Finance

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