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What Is an Application Development Manager?
Application development managers are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of software applications for a company. While they may not work on application development directly, they are typically part of a larger team that is responsible for all the software that an organization uses, including management and upkeep of existing software as well as acquiring or designing new programs to suit the needs of the company.
The job duties of an application development manager include working with other departments or employees of an organization to determine what software is needed, whether a suitable product already exits and can be bought and installed for the organization, and if not, overseeing the design and creation of a product that effectively meets the company's needs. Application development managers or others on their team may also be involved with training staff outside of the IT department on how to use new software that has been installed. A background in both business as well as computer and information systems is helpful, as you will be working to design software that can advance the work of a company and help it reach its goals.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree and relevant work experience|
|Job Skills||Computer skills; leadership; analytical and critical thinking; problem solving|
|Median Salary (2019)||$113,224 (applications development manager)*|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||12% (computer and information systems managers); 31% (software developers, applications)**|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
An educational background in both business and computers is necessary for this career. A common educational path is to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in computer information systems. In order to become an application development manager, you also need a few years of work experience as a software or application developer before you can advance into a managerial role. Additionally, once you obtain this position, you may also benefit from continuing education courses, which can help keep you up to date in the rapidly advancing world of technology.
An application development manager needs an in-depth knowledge of computer systems, software development, and programming, and an understanding of currently available software on the market. They should also have good analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, as they will need to be able to analyze software in order identify issues and fix them, as well as work with other departments in the company to identify their particular software needs and find or develop a program that meets them.
Application development managers must also be skilled leaders. As a manager, they are the head of a larger team and therefore will need to delegate tasks, motivate the rest of the team to meet deadlines, and monitor all of the team's work.
Career Outlook and Salary
The average annual salary for applications development managers is $113,224 as of 2019, according to PayScale.com, with the majority of salaries ranging from $83,675 to $142,556. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have growth statistics on applications development managers in particular, but the job outlook statistics for software developers, applications, predicts 31% growth in this career field from 2016-2026, and 12% growth is predicted for computer and information systems managers.
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