Survey Results: Almost All Tech Pros Interested in Management Roles

Last week, we asked whether you were ready for a job in tech management. Turns out, many of you are already looking for jobs as managers.

The survey had six possible answers, all aimed at discovering your intended career path with regard to management. Some tech pros are eager for the manager crown, while others are happy coding and leaving the endless meetings to someone else.

Here were the possible answers for our survey:

  • No. Not Interested.
  • Not yet. It’s interesting to me, but I don’t feel ready yet.
  • I’m on the fence. I haven’t really pursued it.
  • In a year or two, I’ll start applying for management roles.
  • I’m ready now, and actively trying to get into management.
  • I’m already in tech management!

And here are the results:

Some 29 percent tell us they’re “ready now,” and are currently looking for jobs in tech management. An additional 21 percent report they’re already in management, giving us a clean 50 percent who either are managing or who want to be a manager right now.

Around 18 percent say they’re on the fence, and just haven’t pursued management roles yet. If we add that to the aforementioned 50 percent, that’s two-thirds of tech pros who are at least interested in managing teams of their own (even if they haven’t applied yet). We can get even deeper: 16 percent say they simply haven’t pursued management “yet.” Eight percent say they’ll be ready in about two years.

Only eight percent of respondents said they had no interest in tech management, meaning some 92 percent are either managing now or are interested enough to consider a job where the meetings never seem to end. (It would be interesting to know how many of that eight percent who aren’t interested in managing teams have prior experience managing people, and simply don’t want to return to it.)

As we noted in the survey posting, there are roughly double the number of developer or engineering roles compared to management jobs. In our most recent Dice Salary Survey, one-third of respondents said they were interested in leaving their job for one with “more responsibility.” Almost 70 percent would quit their job for more money, and we have to think there’s a lot of those reporting a desire for more money who are also open to tech management roles.

Numbers like these are ultimately promising. It shows not only are you interested in more responsibility, but you have strong ideas on how your team or company should operate, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty to instantiate the change you feel strongly about.

2 Responses to “Survey Results: Almost All Tech Pros Interested in Management Roles”

  1. This article doesn’t say anything about the qualifications of being a tech manager or leader. There are many technical professionals who don’t have the personable skills to manage. I have seen this often in 30+ years and it is most prevalent today for many of these small companies who are hiring millennials into senior management roles with only a few years of experience as a technical professional. A person saying they are “ready” to be a manager doesn’t mean anything if said person doesn’t possess the skill set needed for the role. Leaving a job for one with “more responsibility” does not equate into a managerial position. Has the author ever been in the technical field as a developer or as a manager? Using numbers from a very weak survey to create essentially an op-ed on technical makers moving into technical management without thoroughly vetting what the necessary skills are for a management role is a useless read and gives no true trend or shift in the vertical.

  2. wageslave

    The Peter Principle is alive and well in the tech sector. Those that cannot do start their careers out incompetent and those that can do will only reach their full potential of incompetence as managers. That is the level where they should both stay. However, in the new world order, management has become an exception to the Peter Principle. A manager can be completely incompetent and reach new levels of incompetents as they move up serving the counters of beans as they sacrifice long-term stability to push the stock up a 1/16 of a point for a day. A corporate hero in the office space.