How To Become A Product Design Manager

A Product Design Manager oversees a team of designers to meet deadlines. They collaborate cross-functionally with product management, engineering, and user research to ensure a smooth product development process.

Career Profile, Salary, & Job Outlook —

What does a Product Design Manager do?

A Product Design Manager oversees a team of designers to meet deadlines. They also collaborate cross-functionally with product management, engineering, and user research to ensure a smooth product development process. They work with operations to manage resourcing of projects, and the design team and other leadership to determine overall design direction. In addition, managers recruit new designers and actively participate in the hiring process. Their biggest responsibility is to lead designers across experience levels to do their best work.

How much does a Product Design Manager make?

According to Salary.com, Product Design Managers maintain a national annual salary of $135,582, which is an hourly wage of $65.18. In general, entry-level managers start around $122,565 annually. Senior-level managers make an annual average of $153,279. Overall, the range in salary widely depends on factors including skill, seniority level, and location.

What impact does this career have towards the product design industry?

Product design managers lead and motivate others to reach their full potential as designers. They set the goals and establish the overall vision for products. They have to balance pushing boundaries of design and understanding the strengths of their team.

What is the job outlook for a Product Design Manager?

According to a report by Grand View Research, Inc, the global product design and development services market size is expected to reach $18.6 billion by 2028. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for industrial designers (including Product Design Managers) are expected to grow by 6% during the 2020-2030 decade (www.bls.gov).

How to kick-off your career:

  • Work on your ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Read about manufacturing and how it impacts & limits product design.
  • Download The Ultimate Product Design Career Guide to pinpoint your skillset.
  • Explore the Parsons x Wallpaper* Product Design Essentials online course.
Mark Prommel

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Mark Prommel

Partner & Design Lead at Pensa, Product Design Essentials contributor

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