Most manufacturing managers list "procedures," "facility," and "continuous improvement" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important manufacturing manager responsibilities here:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a manufacturing manager. We found that 67.0% of manufacturing managers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 12.1% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most manufacturing managers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every eight manufacturing managers were not college graduates.
Those manufacturing managers who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or mechanical engineering degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for manufacturing managers include electrical engineering degrees or industrial engineering degrees.
When you're ready to become a manufacturing manager, you might wonder which companies hire manufacturing managers. According to our research through manufacturing manager resumes, manufacturing managers are mostly hired by Accenture, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Northrop Grumman. Now is a good time to apply as Accenture has 17 manufacturing managers job openings, and there are 12 at Thermo Fisher Scientific and 10 at Northrop Grumman.
Since salary is important to some manufacturing managers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Booz Allen Hamilton, Bain & Company, and A.T. Kearney. If you were to take a closer look at Booz Allen Hamilton, you'd find that the average manufacturing manager salary is $156,571. Then at Bain & Company, manufacturing managers receive an average salary of $154,148, while the salary at A.T. Kearney is $153,193.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a manufacturing manager include General Electric, Merck & Co., and Lockheed Martin. These three companies were found to hire the most manufacturing managers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, manufacturing managers make their living in the manufacturing and technology industries. Manufacturing managers tend to make the most in the technology industry with an average salary of $115,653. The manufacturing manager annual salary in the automotive and health care industries generally make $113,442 and $105,710 respectively. Additionally, manufacturing managers who work in the technology industry make 28.7% more than manufacturing managers in the retail Industry.