Manager Job Description

WHAT DO MANAGERS DO?

Be the boss, applesauce. Managers are the people in charge of employees and the facilities they work for. As a manager, your job is to plan and promote the daily schedule of employees and the business, interview, hire, and coordinate employees, create and maintain budgets, and coordinate with and report to senior management in the company. Managers can have one employee directly reporting them, or hundreds, depending on the job.

HOW MUCH DO MANAGERS MAKE?

This depends a lot on what kind of field you are in and what sort of company you are hired to manage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, restaurant and food service managers make a median income of $48,130, while hotel and lodging managers make a median income of $46,880. Pay will vary depending on occupation and years of service, among other factors.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Again, this varies greatly depending on the field of work, but on-the-job experience in the line of work is a must. There are many general management courses that you can take, and even specialized secondary education majors, such as hotel and restaurant management, that might shorten the time it takes to reach management level in your field. But most managers have spend years as general employees in their respective fields before reaching a leadership level.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Leadership skills: You will have to keep your employees motivated, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions for your employees. A successful manager is a good leader.
  • Time Management: You will be working with employees, customers and management. You might have to create schedules, order supplies and write reports. Time management is essential to make sure everything gets done.
  • Math and budgeting: Managers are expected to keep and maintain a budget in almost every field. You will need to be confident in using math skills to make sure you know where your company's money is going.
  • Analytical skills: You will be in charge of hiring new employees, and being a good judge of character will help ensure that you hire the right people to maintain an efficient and motivated team. You will also need analytical skills to be able to solve problems that may come up during a typical work day.
  • Decision-making skills: The buck stops with you. Whether it is dealing with employees, customers, management or vendors, you will have to make decisions that affect the company. Having the ability to make hard and fast decisions is crucial to your success as a manager.
  • Speaking and writing: Managers do a lot of communicating. This might be one-on-one to a customer, in front of a group of employees, or in a meeting with management. You might be called upon to write reports, recommendations, or reasons for termination. Great verbal communications and writing skills will help you in any of these scenarios.
  • Customer service skills: Customers are going to ask to speak to the manager. How you interact with customers is crucial for repeat business, employee morale and the health of your company. Great customer service skills will help managers solve issues before they become problems, and help create customer loyalty.

CAREER PATHS FOR MANAGERS

District Manager
Regional Manager

THE FUTURE OF MANAGERS

It depends on what field you are going into, but as long as there are employees, there will be a need for managers. While restaurant management jobs are expected to decline by 3 percent over the next 10 years, hotel managers are growing more at 8 percent and construction managers are expected to grow at 17 percent. Regardless, a combination of experience and secondary education in your desired field help you greatly in beating out the competition for management jobs.