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How to Become a Product Manager

Do You Need a Degree to Become a Product Manager?

Ready to start your career in Product? Find out more about BrainStation's Product Management Course

No, you do not need a degree to be a Product Manager – there is, in fact, no specific educational background that leads to becoming a Product Manager – but you do need the right hard and soft skills to be considered for a role in product management.

What Background Do You Need to Be a Product Manager?

Product Managers come from a variety of backgrounds, including communications, marketing, and engineering, among others. Rather than getting the “correct” degree right out of the gate, Product Managers build up their level of instruction over time by following a strategic plan for continuing education, as a matter of necessity. In a survey of 2,500 Product Managers, 71 percent of respondents said they held at least one professional certification in addition to an undergrad degree, while 76 percent considered continuing education somewhat or very important to their career trajectory.

In other words, no school can mint a fully formed Product Manager—instead, the role is more of a self-directed path guided by continuous learning in the many areas Product Managers oversee. And there’s a good reason for this: the best Product Managers often have to know more about their industry than anybody else in the company. On top of that, they need to be able to speak the language of Developers, Engineers, Designers, Marketers, and more.

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