There is the potential to achieve VP level status as technical individual contributor within both IT and PE. However, based on my personal antidotal knowledge and not based on any specific statistical rigger, the PE type groups tend to have more VP level techies than IT groups. I think this is true because technical products for sale often have/need senior technologists in roles that are designed to help the company’s sales and marketing organizations sell the product. These roles include:
- Chief Product Architect (from a marketing perspective)
- Technical Product Spokesperson
- Product Marketing - Feature Specialist
- Pre-Sales Specialist
- Product Implementation Specialist
- . . . and other similar roles that are a blend of technology, sales, marketing, and product implementation
In closing, at the end of day, we spend almost one third of our life working. It should be something that you love to do and look forward to when you wake up in the morning. If you love being a techie and hate the idea of becoming a manager, stay a techie and become the best techie you can be. If you think becoming a manager is right for you, then work to become a great manager. All technical organizations, regardless of the industry they service, need both great techies and great technical managers.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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