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Product Development

The Product Development family includes people who design and develop the products that people use in their everyday lives. Occupations in product development fgure out what products consumers want, design the product, and make sure the product works. People in these occupations have both creative and technical skills.

“Outside the box” thinkers and people who are very efficient and can pay attention to detail should pursue Product Development careers.

Agile Coach / Scrum Master

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $70,000 to $100,000 or more

Scrum is a set of rules commonly used in the IT sector to help teams create products that solve complex problems creatively. These rules help the product development process run smoothly and effectively. The Agile Coach/Scrum Master roles make sure that the Scrum team understands the rules and follows them in order to make the best possible product.

Business Analyst

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $45,000 to $99,000

Business Analysts gather information from different sources in order to fix problems and improve products. They use many techniques to analyze the information including critical thinking, problem solving, and advanced mathematics and data analysis.

Hardware Engineer

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $70,000 to $100,000 or more

Hardware engineers work with the parts of a computer system that you can physically touch. They are in charge of designing and improving hardware products, testing to make sure that the hardware works, and fixing issues before the product goes to the consumer.

Product Manager

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $45,000 to $100,000 or more

Product Managers oversee the product’s development. They help the employees inside the organization and people outside the organization work together to create the best product. They work with consumers to make sure the product meets their needs and hear suggestions to improve it. Product Managers also think about how to advertise the product to consumers.

Product Owner

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $45,000 to $100,000 or more

Product owners use creativity and technical skills to develop and improve the products that consumers use in their everyday lives. Product owners improve existing products and develop completely new products that meet a need that no one else has addressed.

Project Manager

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $70,000 to $100,000 or more

Project managers lead project teams, solve problems when projects are not going as planned, and keep track of how much the project costs to run. These jobs require people skills since they motivate employees, tell them how they are doing, and make sure they are working together.

Testing & Quality Assurance

Education: Bachelors degree Salary: $45,000 to $100,000 or more

Testing and Quality Assurance roles are in charge of testing products to make sure that they work well. Quality assurance analysts in software development review thousands of lines of programming instructions (code) to spot any errors. Quality assurance analysts are usually trained to fix these errors or report them to someone who can.