Production Manager

Production managers plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources needed for manufacturing products within cost, quality, and quantity specifications.

Production Manager

Average Hourly Earnings



Bachelor's Degree, 5 years experience


  • Review processing schedules or production orders to decide about inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, or duty assignments
  • Direct or coordinate production, processing, distribution, or marketing activities of industrial organizations
  • Develop or establish production tracking or quality control systems to analyze and find problems in production, quality control, maintenance, or other operational reports
  • Review operations and resolve production or processing problems through discussion with technical or administrative staff
  • Hire, train, evaluate, or discharge staff or resolve personnel grievances
  • Prepare and maintain production reports or personnel records
  • Set and monitor product standards to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality
  • Develop budgets or approve expenditures for supplies, materials, or human resources, efficiently using materials, labor, or equipment to meet production targets

Work Environment

Being able to work well in a group or team is very important in this work. These managers are often responsible for the health and safety of others and must sometimes take responsibility for work outcomes and results. They must at times make decisions and have a moderate amount of freedom to do so.

Key Traits

Enterprising. Usually requires starting up and carrying out projects. Often involves leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.