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Working As A Laboratory Manager

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Manager Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become A Laboratory Manager

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Chief 5.7 years
Laboratory Manager 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Laboratory Manager
Internship 5.4%
Chemist 4.4%
Supervisor 3.9%
Manager 3.2%
Technician 2.9%
Volunteer 2.1%
Top Careers After Laboratory Manager
Manager 7.7%
Consultant 5.4%
Owner 4.3%
Internship 3.6%
Supervisor 3.5%
Chemist 3.5%

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Laboratory Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

51.8%

Female

38.2%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

French

10.1%

Chinese

5.8%

German

4.8%

Mandarin

4.5%

Arabic

3.7%

Russian

3.3%

Korean

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Hindi

2.3%

Cantonese

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Portuguese

1.7%

Carrier

1.4%

Indonesian

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Turkish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Serbian

0.8%
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Laboratory Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

University of Florida

6.6%

Michigan State University

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Ohio State University

5.0%

University of California - Davis

4.8%

Purdue University

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of South Florida

4.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

North Carolina State University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

University of Washington

3.4%

University of Utah

3.3%

University of Houston

3.2%
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Majors

Business

15.3%

Biology

14.2%

Chemistry

13.8%

Medical Technician

6.4%

Psychology

5.9%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

4.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Management

3.4%

Nursing

3.4%

Microbiology

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Environmental Science

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.1%

Geology

2.1%

Photography

2.0%

Public Health

2.0%

Communication

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Masters

25.2%

Other

15.8%

Doctorate

8.8%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$44,000
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Best Paying Company
Brown University
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Laboratory Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Laboratory Manager in the United States is $69,115 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Laboratory Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Analytics Lab Manager Deloitte LLP Los Angeles, CA Feb 22, 2016 $151,400
Analytics Lab Manager Deloitte LLP Chicago, IL Feb 22, 2016 $151,400
Emc/Rf Compliance Lab Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 22, 2016 $137,660
Quality and Lab Manager Secop Inc. Roswell, GA Apr 18, 2016 $137,072
Laboratory Manager Avella of Deer Valley, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 12, 2016 $135,949
Laboratory Manager Avella of Deer Valley, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Apr 19, 2016 $135,949
Associate Crash Lab Manager Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 11, 2015 $135,000 -
$145,000
UCC Laboratory Manager Orange Business Services U.S., Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2015 $130,000
Life Science Services Biochemistry Laboratory Manager SGS North America, Inc. Carson, CA Jan 21, 2016 $126,402
Life Science Services Biochemistry Laboratory Manager SGS North America Inc. Carson, CA May 27, 2016 $126,402
Laboratory Manager Allure Cosmetic, Inc. DBA Allure Labs, Inc. Hayward, CA Jan 28, 2016 $124,550 -
$134,550
Laboratory Manager Intertek USA Inc. Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $124,440
Laboratory Manager The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jan 15, 2016 $123,600
Laboratory Manager Syntech (SSPF) Int'l., Inc. Montclair, CA Mar 18, 2016 $97,490
Laboratory Manager/SR. Scientist Novus Biologicals, LLC Littleton, CO Apr 25, 2016 $95,172
Lab Manager Leidos, Inc. McLean, VA Aug 25, 2016 $93,704 -
$100,000
Laboratory Manager Integramed Medical Connecticut, LLC Trumbull, CT Sep 20, 2015 $93,101 -
$113,101
Metabolomics Lab Manager Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Mar 01, 2015 $90,388
EEG Lab Manager New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY May 23, 2016 $89,000
EEG Lab Manager New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $89,000
Enterprise Lab Manager-Americas Services Labs Nice Systems, Inc. Paramus, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $88,000
Laboratory Manager Valley County Hospital Ord, NE Oct 20, 2016 $66,784
Lab Manager II Florida International University Miami, FL Aug 29, 2016 $65,803
Laboratory Manager The University of Chicago Chicago, IL May 24, 2015 $64,990
Laboratory Manager Brown University Providence, RI Aug 27, 2016 $64,298
Lab Manager The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Nov 07, 2016 $62,500
Aquatic Sciences Laboratory Manager EMSL Analytical, Inc. Cinnaminson, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $62,424

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Manager

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Customer Service
  3. Chemistry
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  • Maintain lab equipment schedule and utilization tracking report.
  • Provided superior customer service and work quality while demonstrating attention to detail, flexibility and innovation in resolving problems.
  • Fostered a team effort approach and encouraged greater individual responsibility among the chemists, improving efficiency in the Chemistry Laboratory.
  • Trained and mentored new laboratory staff and rotating medical students on molecular and cell biology techniques.
  • Engineered research projects by developing empirical questions and pretests, recruiting participants and analyzing data.

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