Career Enjoyment: engineering manager
An engineering managers is a particular form of management that is concerned with the deployment of engineering skills and resources to meet business needs. Usually, it not only involves managing a team of engineers but also taking a more strategic role in applying engineering skills to the business development. This career tends to have salaries in the range £35-100k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a very high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- Although people in the job identified some things that they liked about the career, their comments were quite disparate. There were no common themes, therefore.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: politics, planning, managing mundane tasks, amount of detail and technical considerations.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - engineering manager - was 3.1, making it slightly less enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- An equal balance between Sensing and iNtuition.
- More Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Perception than Judgment.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; strategic thinking; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises; challenging the status quo.
The job does not involve as much: maintaining good relationships; developing other people.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.