What an Operations Manager Does

Are you a natural-born leader who can breezily manage and deal with people? Are your communication skills impeccable? Are you equally good at giving and following direction? Then you have what it takes to become an operations manager.

As an operations manager, you will:

  • Oversee company production of goods and services.
  • Manage the day to day operations.
  • Insure the company is running smoothly.
  • Help to make sure the company is exceeding any and all expectations.
  • Establish a budget, along with profits and goals.
  • Make sure the company is staying within budget.
  • Head up company reviews.
  • Head up staff meetings, and meetings with customers, labor union, government officials, and the like.
  • Keep up to date with any pertinent changes in regulations via the government.
  • Make hiring and firing decisions, along with other types of staff support.

The operations manager makes sure business is as usual, and that it’s running in a timely, effective, and profitable manner.

How to Become an Operations Manager

In some cases, you can work your way up to operations manager without a college degree by having a lot of work experience. However, in many instances, hiring managers look for applicants with a bachelor’s degree and some work experience under his or her belt.

  • Get your high school diploma or GED.
  • Go get a bachelor’s degree in operations management, logistics, supply chain management, or business.
  • Consider getting your master’s degree so you can go further up the career ladder.
  • Obtain work experience in areas like Human Resources, Sales, Finance, and Information Technology.
  • Find a job in one of the many industries needing operations managers such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, transportation, and insurance.
  • Keep advancing your career.

Salary and Job Outlook

Payscale places operations managers’ median salary at over $62K. Having some work experience doesn’t change the number much. Entry level is $50K. After 20 years of experience, you will be earning over $77K.

There will be over 200,000 jobs becoming available through 2026 due to all the new businesses opening, as well as people retiring or moving to a different position.