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Working As A Section 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

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Section Manager Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Section 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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Average Length of Employment
Section Chief 4.3 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Section Supervisor 4.1 years
Group Manager 4.0 years
Section Manager 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Section Manager
Supervisor 9.4%
Manager 7.7%
Engineer 3.6%
Internship 3.4%
Top Careers After Section Manager
Manager 10.8%
Consultant 5.4%
Director 4.1%
Supervisor 4.0%
Owner 2.4%

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Section Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

24.2%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

11.1%

German

11.1%

Mandarin

7.4%

Japanese

7.4%

Chinese

5.9%

Korean

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Russian

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Turkish

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Swedish

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%

Cheyenne

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%
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Section Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Community College of the Air Force

11.5%

Arizona State University

5.0%

Northwestern University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

Webster University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.0%

Columbia Southern University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%

Florida State University

3.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.1%

Ohio State University

2.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Business

36.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Management

7.7%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Science

5.0%

Accounting

4.9%

Finance

4.3%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Project Management

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Education

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Chemistry

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.7%

Masters

27.8%

Other

15.8%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$73,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Berkeley, CA
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Section Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Section Manager in the United States is $99,922 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Section Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Software Section Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 01, 2016 $160,964 -
$181,202
Manager Section Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 01, 2011 $160,000
Manager Section Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 08, 2016 $154,634 -
$184,681
Section Manager-Yield Enhancement Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Nov 16, 2015 $152,600
Section Manager Micropatent LLC Sunnyvale, CA Apr 27, 2015 $150,997
Engineering Section Manager I Yokogawa Corporation of America Sugar Land, TX Oct 24, 2016 $150,665
Section Manager Ch2M Hill, Inc. Bellevue, WA May 19, 2015 $150,300
Manager Section, System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 15, 2012 $149,725
Substation Section Manager HDR Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 10, 2015 $145,018
Manager Section System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 19, 2015 $139,397 -
$182,269
Manager Section System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 15, 2016 $139,397 -
$182,269
Senior Section Manager, Process Engineering Cleans Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Sep 14, 2016 $135,470 -
$146,000
Manager Section, System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 18, 2012 $135,000
Manager Section Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 15, 2011 $132,152
Senior Section Manager Failure Analysis Engineerin Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Apr 21, 2014 $117,346 -
$146,000
Senior Section Manager, Test Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Oct 01, 2014 $117,346 -
$147,000
Senior Section Manager Technology Development (TD) Global Engineering Support Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Oct 21, 2015 $115,922 -
$146,000
Senior Section Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Aug 29, 2015 $115,040 -
$125,562
Senior Section Manager, Failure Analysis Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Nov 14, 2014 $114,971 -
$146,000
Senior Section Manager-Manufacturing Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Sep 02, 2014 $114,971 -
$125,562
Senior Section Manager Manufacturing Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 11, 2014 $114,971 -
$146,000
Engineering Section Manager I Yokogawa Corporation of America Sugar Land, TX Nov 05, 2013 $102,736
Senior Section Manager Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Aug 18, 2014 $100,277 -
$146,000
Section Manager, FAE Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 17, 2011 $100,000
Sub-Section Manager General Electric Company (Transportation) Erie, PA Oct 05, 2016 $100,000 -
$115,000
Section Manager Sales Operation Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 01, 2013 $99,734 -
$140,000
Operations Section Manager, Project Engineer Abbvie Inc. Worcester, MA Feb 18, 2013 $99,662
Section Manager Sales Operations Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 01, 2013 $99,345 -
$125,310
Section Manager Module Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Mar 28, 2016 $98,184 -
$147,000

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Top Skills for A Section Manager

  1. Personnel Files
  2. Procedures
  3. Business Development
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  • Maintain personnel files and train new hires.
  • Collaborated with internal Methods and Procedures Board to compile new departmental procedures for associates both internal and external associates nationwide.
  • Work with Business Development, Operational Unit Directors and engineering managers with the goal of fostering collaboration across programs.
  • Managed community projects and processes for real world crisis; managed Train-the-Trainer Suicide Intervention Program for base leadership/supervisors.
  • Performed Service Department Manager responsibilities such as maintenance scheduling and planning, daily job assignments and customer service coordination.

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