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Become A Manager

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Working As A Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $103,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager Do

The manager is typically responsible for planning and directing the operations of a business unit, department or store. Usually the person is in charge of a number of employees in the organization.

How To Become A Manager

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Manager Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    49.3%
  • Female

    48.8%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.3%
  • Asian

    7.7%
  • Unknown

    2.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    53.2%
  • French

    8.6%
  • Arabic

    3.8%
  • Chinese

    3.6%
  • German

    3.5%
  • Portuguese

    3.3%
  • Mandarin

    2.9%
  • Italian

    2.8%
  • Russian

    2.7%
  • Hindi

    2.7%
  • Korean

    2.3%
  • Japanese

    2.1%
  • Urdu

    1.4%
  • Vietnamese

    1.4%
  • Cantonese

    1.3%
  • Carrier

    1.0%
  • Polish

    1.0%
  • Greek

    0.9%
  • Gujarati

    0.8%
  • Hebrew

    0.5%
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Real Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager-Apps/Dvlpt (Tech MGR I-SYS Anly & PRG) Verizon Business Networks Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 31, 2010 $114,941 -
$160,000
ERS Manager Deloitte & Touche LLP Ashburn, VA Sep 12, 2011 $108,900
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Nov 14, 2014 $106,787
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2014 $106,787
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2015 $103,750
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2015 $103,750
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Jun 15, 2016 $103,750
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2015 $103,750
Manager Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Jan 17, 2011 $103,500
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Apr 15, 2017 $103,272
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 31, 2017 $103,272
Manager Jc50 Trizetto Corporation, A Cognizant Company Ashburn, VA Jun 15, 2018 $102,731
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions Us Corp Ashburn, VA Jun 15, 2018 $102,731
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Aug 12, 2017 $102,731
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Feb 13, 2014 $102,502
Manager Jc50 (MRX) Marketrx, Inc. (A Cognizant Company) Ashburn, VA Apr 10, 2014 $94,016
Manager Jc50 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA May 18, 2012 $78,624
Manager Creative Dance Center Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 11, 2016 $49,045 -
$62,610

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Top Skills for A Manager

CustomerServiceSkillsProceduresPayrollFoodSafetyFinancialStatementsSuperviseDailyOperationsCustomerSatisfactionInventoryControlBankDepositsLossPreventionCustomerComplaintsSalesGoalsAuditHumanResourcesPCustomerRelationsCompanyPoliciesDataEntryStaffMembers

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Top Manager Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Procedures
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Recognized by District Manager for excellent customer service skills and unique merchandising talents.
  • Implemented and controlled company systems and procedures.
  • Processed all payroll every two weeks for all employees.
  • Implemented program to achieve Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification for food safety.
  • Manage all financial transactions producing financial statements and recording transactions to general ledger.

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