To meet the needs of local companies to fill product management jobs,
“We are in the midst of product management’s ‘Golden Age.’ It’s one of the fastest-growing areas in business today, with the increase in demand for product management jobs outpacing the increase in job demand across all industries in the U.S. by 500%,” said Fullstack Academy CEO Jerrad Tauz. “Modern product management is transforming industries as organizations recognize the need for professionals who know the product inside out and understand the needs of its audience as well as how both may evolve over time.”
The product management industry in San Diego is projected to grow 13.3% over the next decade, driving the average entry-level salary of $78,800, according to labor market analytics firm Emsi Burning Glass. Current local job openings for experienced product managers listed on Indeed have annual salaries that reach into the $100,000 to $150,000 range and some positions that pay as high as $240,000 a year.
The Product Management Bootcamp is an immersive, collaborative, cohort-based live-online bootcamp. The 25-week program consists of five courses that include one 12-week essentials course and four three-week specialized courses, with one break week.
The curriculum was developed by a team composed of professionals from a diverse set of backgrounds, including a civil engineer, product manager, product entrepreneur, professor of product innovation, computer science educator and product lead at Amazon, as well as several educational technology professionals.
Over the first 12 weeks, students build knowledge and skills grounded in the product life cycle, market analysis, product planning, product analytics and product strategy. In the second half of the program, students explore topics in product management, including UX/UI research, product design, marketing and software development.
Students focus on building foundational understanding so that no matter which tools, platforms or processes their future employer uses, they will be able to apply their knowledge to be able to employ it successfully.
The program begins in July and is currently enrolling for its first cohort of students. Enrollment is open to all – USD enrollment is not required. A $1,500 Founder’s Scholarship that can be applied toward the cost of the program will be available for all students who enroll in the inaugural cohort.
Job Training Trend
The product management program is just USD’s latest jobs training bootcamp. The university launched its first bootcamp with Fullstack in 2019 – a cybersecurity program that successfully graduated 25 students.
In addition to collaborating with Fullstack, USD’s continuing education department also offers programs in digital skills with certificates in Project Management with Asana, Digital Marketing with Facebook, a Salesforce Administrator Career certificate and a certificate program in data analytics and visualization. USD also offers Technology Sales, XR Design and XR Development programs with Unity.
“Bootcamps and other certification programs are becoming increasingly popular for those students who want career-relevant skills quickly, rather than the time it takes to complete a degree.
More information about USD certificate and bootcamp programs can be found at PCE.SanDiego.edu
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