Manufacturing Supervisors

Manufacturing Supervisor Uses Checklist

Manufacturing supervisors, sometimes known as industrial production managers, monitor employees and their working conditions and effectiveness in production plants and factories. They ensure that work is carried out correctly and on schedule by promoting high product quality and output levels. In addition to balancing the budget and other bookkeeping duties, supervisors maintain employee work schedules, train new workers, and issue warnings to workers who violate established rules. Manufacturing managers in various industries hold approximately 173,400 jobs.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Industrial Production Managers
Duties Manage employees in production plants and factories and ensure the effectiveness of the production process
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Two to five years' manufacturing production experience
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Plant or Factory Manager
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Assistant Manager
  • Manufacturing Production Worker