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Vice President of Engineering

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Engineering Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Vice President of Engineering earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $148,731

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $158,095

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for providing leadership in planning, establishing and directing all aspects of the company's engineering policies, objectives and initiatives based on product and profitability goals. Responsible for supplying and maintaining adequate resources for Engineering functions in the pursuit of the company's strategic goals and operational plans.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina46+10.1%
Nationwide1783+5.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Vice President of Engineering is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Leadership: Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Software Development: Software development is the process of computer programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications and frameworks resulting in a software product.
  • Software Engineering: Working experience with the application of engineering to the development of software in a systematic method.
  • Product Development: In business and engineering, new product development (NPD) covers the complete process of bringing a new product to market.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): Software as a service (SaaS; pronounced ) is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Vice President of Engineering that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

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  • Data Science: Data science, also known as data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field about scientific methods, processes, and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured, similar to data mining.
  • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL, often simply Postgres, is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance.
  • NoSQL: A NoSQL (originally referring to non SQL, non relational or not only SQL) database provides a mechanism for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in means other than the tabular relations used in relational databases.
  • Enterprise Software: Enterprise software, also known as enterprise application software (EAS), is computer software used to satisfy the needs of an organization rather than individual users.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Team Management: Team management is the ability of an individual or an organization to administer and coordinate a group of individuals to perform a task.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Artificial intelligence (AI, also machine intelligence, MI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals.
  • Software Architecture: Software architecture refers to the high level structures of a software system, the discipline of creating such structures, and the documentation of these structures.
  • Enterprise Software: Enterprise software, also known as enterprise application software (EAS), is computer software used to satisfy the needs of an organization rather than individual users.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years2%
3 to 5 years12%
6 to 8 years17%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Vice President Of Engineering
  • Vice President Engineering
  • Vice President, Engineering
  • Vice President, Site Reliable Engineering Sre
  • Vice President Engineering, Intelligence Platform Engineering

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