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Manufacturing Supervisors

Work Environment

Most supervisors work on the manufacturing or factory floor and in offices. When on the factory floor, they may be on their feet most of the time, which can be tiring, and work near loud and hazardous machines. Supervisors may begin their day early so that they arrive before their workers, and they may stay later than their workers. Some may work for plants that operate around the clock and may work overnight shifts, weekends, and holidays. Sometimes the best hours go to those who have been with the company the longest. Nearly half of manufacturing supervisors work more than 40 hours a week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Plant downsizing and restructuring often leads to fewer supervisors. As a result, manufacturing supervisors may face larger departments to oversee and other increased demands.

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