Is Product Management for You?
You may already have an idea of how awesome a job in product management can be.
Rather than spending all your time finding, collecting, vetting and analyzing a bunch of random internet opinions, we’ve put together some quick facts for you that will help you find out if you should make the PM transition.
Note: make sure to read this article all the way through because there’s a link at the bottom where you get to hear a product manager talk about their experience working for one of the hottest tech startups today.
In case you need some supporting facts as to why product management is the career to have…
Product Management is one of the most popular professions to get into and also one of the most promising jobs for the next decade. The evidence speaks for itself:
Product Managers can earn between $55,000 and $160,000 with the national US average of $108,000! (source: Glassdoor.com)
Product management jobs will grow at a rate of 12% over the next 10 years (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Job Overview:
Product managers get to run mini-companies inside companies because product managers are essentially the CEOs of the products they manage.
And just like a CEO, product managers are granted autonomy that you won’t be able to find in any other job.
There’s also no other job in the tech industry where you get to be as creative as a product manager. Because you’re tasked with coming up with new ideas and turning those ideas into actual products that have never existed before, you NEED to be creative.
Once you know the product manager’s day-to-day job, you’ll know which skills and abilities you need to focus on so that you become the ideal product management candidate on your resume and during interviews.
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Watch this 6 min exclusive video about the day to day life of a PM by Felix Thea, Product Manager:
Other Product Manager’s Experiences:
It’s often best to hear what it’s like on the inside from someone who has been there. If you haven’t seen this yet, here’s an interview with Mark Dunkley who was the very first product manager at Shopify, the fastest growing and hottest e-commerce startup.