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Software Manager

Find out how to become a software manager and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Software Manager is $115,600 - 184,500 annually

What does a Software Manager do?

Software managers oversee the development of software products to meet a range of technological requirements.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a Software Manager?

Software managers coordinate personnel and external suppliers to ensure that organisational programming needs are met.

  • Liaise with prospective and current clients to ascertain software requirements
  • Create business plans to ensure the successful commercial presentation of software products
  • Oversee the development process and ensure adequate testing
  • Ensure up to date training for software development personnel
  • Keep abreast of current industry trends
  • Prioritise development requirements and support the development team as necessary

How to become a Software Manager

If you're interested in becoming a Software Manager, you'll typically need a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or computer engineering to gain the foundational skills needed for the role.

We recommend studying a Bachelor of Applied Information Technology as this qualification can help you develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in an IT generalist role, however, this course also explores software development, which can also be useful for the role of Software Manager. 

Quick facts

Working as a software manager gives you the opportunity to solve complex problems whilst working with other people to ensure requirements are being met.

Employment for Software Managers is set to grow strongly in the next five years, as of 2020.

  • Average Hours Worked
    42 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Job Growth 
    Set to grow strongly in the next five years, as of 2020. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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