Operations Manager

What Is an Operations Manager?

An operations manager oversees a company’s daily operations. Generally, their duties cover a broad range of areas within management. Operations managers may determine the use of materials, manage daily activities and conduct human resources duties.

What Does an Operations Manager Do?

Operations managers oversee a broad range of areas within an organization. While their duties may overlap with those of a chief executive officer, an operation manager’s responsibilities may include creating staff schedules and making sure that assignments are completed. Additionally, they develop policies, conduct human resources duties and manage the organization’s daily operations.

Able to work in nearly any industry, operations managers can work for both small and large organizations. They may have to travel for meetings, conferences or to visit their organization’s other locations. Sometimes, operations managers may be required to work evenings and weekends.

How Much Do Operations Managers Earn?

Operations managers earned a median annual salary of $100,410 as of May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages vary depending on the industry. Operations managers in retail earned a median salary of $73,7601 per year, and those in professional, scientific and technical services made $137,950. The BLS projects that employment for operations managers will grow 9 percent through 2026.

How Do I Become an Operations Manager?

To become an operations manager, candidates should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or a related field. Sometimes, operations managers move up the ladder within their organization, but some employers prefer to hire a qualified candidate from outside their firm. Some positions require candidates to earn a certificate or license related to their industry.

Alvernia University’s online Bachelor of Science in Management prepares you to be an effective, highly trained manager. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the program equips you with the management skills you need to succeed in a career at a midsize or large organization. Featuring a flexible online format, you can earn your degree at your own pace.

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