Solution Manager: Job Description & Salary

Solution managers may work in technology, healthcare, risk management or other areas. This article looks at the general duties that solution managers typically perform, as well as the training required to pursue this career option.

Career Definition of a Solution Manager

Solution managers may work in a number of different industries, so there are some duties of solutions managers that may be specific to the field they work in. The core function of a solution manager is to oversee all aspects of a project. They may be involved with overhauling procedures and operations or they may oversee the development of specific products or strategies. They are involved from inception through production, implementation and post-implementation phases of projects. Instead of focusing on one aspect of a project they take a wholistic approach to projects.

They may consult with clients about their specific needs prior to developing or starting a project. They evaluate existing policies and practices related to their company's operations. They develop solutions for specific issues or participate in project planning for specific products. They may be involved with delegating tasks related to project completion and participate in creating budgets and timelines for projects. Once a project is complete they may continue assessing it to determine how effective it was and develop new strategies to improve the product or process. Some solution managers may be responsible for hiring and training staff in their department as well.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Teamwork skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills, self-motivated, customer service skills, leadership skills, analytical skills, attention to detail, budgeting skills
Mean Salary (2018)* $82,499
Job Outlook (2016-2026)** 8% (managers, all other)

Sources: *Glassdoor; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

It's common for those interested in a career as a solution manager to prepare by studying business administration or a comparable subject. A bachelor's degree is almost always required to work as a solution manager. Since there are a number of different types of solution managers some may require different types of training; those interested in becoming an SAP solution manager, for example, may benefit from earning a degree in computer science. Industry certifications may also be required for the specific area that a solution manager works in. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification may also be required or recommended.

Required Skills

Solution managers must have strong leadership skills to be able to effectively direct and oversee staff. They also need analytical skills to evaluate information related to the projects they're working on and they need analytical skills to determine how effective their projects were. They need problem-solving skills to develop solutions for specific operational issues.

Career Outlook and Salary

As of 2018, solution managers earned an average annual income of $82,499 according to Glassdoor. Solution managers are grouped with 'managers, all other' by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). From 2016 to 2026 the BLS projects that this occupational group will see a job growth rate of 8%.

Related Careers

If a career as a solution manager sounds appealing then you may also be interested in other occupations that involve using analytical or management skills, such as being an IT project manager or a certified financial analyst. Information about these careers and others that share similar training requirements, skills and duties with solution managers is available through the links provided here.

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