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General and Operations Managers

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Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of companies or public and private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services. Includes owners and managers who head small business establishments whose duties are primarily managerial.

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Almost everyone has had a manager in their lives, if not multiple managers in a single job, and that alone proves that not all job descriptions for a manager are created equal. Even for one job title, the duties involved will vary along with the employment setting. For example, the specific responsibilities included in a chief operating officer job description may vary depending on the industry, size of company and other factors. In a general sense, a manager manages people to achieve a task, ensuring that the task runs as designed, on budget, and without faltering despite obstacles. This often involves hiring and firing of personnel, shift scheduling and monitoring, managing supplies, creating and filling out reports, organizing invoices and bills, authorizing payroll amounts, and conducting regular staff meetings. Beyond those tasks, managers are spread over five general departments: sales, marketing, operations, accounting, and personnel. These types of managers have vastly different functions and require specialized skill-sets. Many manager positions require a four-year degree specific to the field in which they are working. Managers without a degree or education specific to their field have usually shown a high aptitude for their field and have been promoted over years of service due to positive results.

Using the job title of chief operating officer as an example, we can get an idea of what upper-level management salaries are like. The report on Chief Operating Officer Salaries by Years Experience shows a median salary progression for this job over the course of 20 years. Not surprisingly, those with greater experience tend to earn higher salaries. However, chief operating officer is generally a senior executive position and thus even starting salaries are relatively high.

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