Product Manager roles are highly sought after, and a wide variety of possible paths into the profession are available. Here are the top five most common paths to your first Product Manager job: - CS student from top university. PMs are often recruited from the top performing students in computer science programs at target schools. - Engineering undergrad and recent MBA. This combination highlights the coveted combination of entrepreneurial skill and technical knowledge. - Adjacent role. Turning another role within the company into more responsibility as a PM. - Entrepreneur. Founders have experience with the creative and technical nature of PM, plus a leadership background. - Domain Expert. Detailed expertise is an advantage when a company wants to focus on a specific area.