City Managers

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.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Coordinate the day-to-day operations of a local government
Salary Range $25,000 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

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