Firstly a brief look at two of the top design jobs in the UK for 2019. These were also included in a recent article in the Telegraph looking at The 10 best jobs in the UK 2019.
Top design jobs in the UK
The top design jobs in the UK at the moment are reportedly product managers and design managers. The difference between these might not always be too clear. A Product Manager and Design Manager would usually work side by side. Although they both have certain design roles to fulfil, a product manager will also have a more executive role. A product manager will also carry more responsibility throughout the product cycle.
The product manager and design manager have many overlapping skills.
These are some functions a product manager fulfils that are outside of the design scope.
- Competitive analysis
- Market structural analysis
- Pricing strategy
The design manager role can also be seen as more of deep dive job while a product manager is more of a multi-tasking function.
As highlighted in our blog on How to become a Product Manager, it can be difficult to define the role or its scope. A product manager is a professional who is at the helm of guiding the success of a product. They are also responsible for leading the team in charge of improving the product. Maximising the business value of a product would be their main concern. This can clearly involve an array of tasks and responsibilities. The most important of these would be to create a vision for the product as well as building and executing an actionable plan.
Although no specific education or certification criteria are set out, an aspiring product manager usually at least hold a bachelors degree in business. Education in this field is usually associated with a bachelors degree in business or a related field. Areas of study can be varied, but often include marketing, public relations, advertising, communications, economics, statistics and management. Some companies may require advanced degrees.
According to Glassdoor:
Average base salary: £50 000
Job openings: 31 512
A design manager works in collaboration with the product manager through the product design cycle. Design management is defined by Wikipedia as a field of inquiry that uses project management, design, strategy, and supply chain techniques to control a creative process, support a culture of creativity, and build a structure and organization for design.
Entry into design management would start with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business management or a related field. Backed with experience in design, you will be ready to get experience in the field of design management.
According to Glassdoor:
Average base salary: £45 675
Job openings: 26 695
Also, keep an eye on our careers blog page for a more detailed look at different top jobs in the UK.
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