City Managers

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A city manager is an administrator who coordinates the day-to-day operation of a local government. Usually an appointed position, the manager directs the administration of city government in accordance with the policies determined by the city council or other elected authority.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Coordinate the day-to-day operations of a local government
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Government
  • Mathematics
Experience Five to 10 years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head of Regional Government Council or Manager of Larger City
  • City Manager
  • Assistant/Deputy City Manager
  • Assistant to the City Manager
  • Management Analyst or Administrative Assistant