First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

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What do they do?

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.

Also known as:

Assembly Supervisor, Casting Supervisor, CNC Supervisor (Computer Numerical Control Supervisor), Converting Supervisor, Coordinator, Department Manager, Die Cast Supervisor, Fabrication Supervisor, Fiberline Supervisor, Finish Production Manager, Finishing Manager, First Line Supervisor, Floor Manager, Floor Supervisor, Foundry Superintendant, Line Supervisor, Machining Department Supervisor, Machining Manager, Manufacturing Group Leader, Manufacturing Manager, Manufacturing Supervisor, Materials Director, Mechanical Supervisor, Melt Superintendant, Melting Supervisor, Molding Supervisor, Packaging Supervisor, Paint Line Production Supervisor, Paper Machine Supervisor, Paper Mill Superintendent, Paper Mill Supervisor, Paper Products Supervisor, Pilot Plant Supervisor, Plant Superintendent, Plant Supervisor, Plating Foreman, Press Department Manager, Press Shop Supervisor, Press Supervisor, Pressroom Supervisor, Printing Supervisor, Process Coordinator, Production Department Supervisor, Production Manager, Production Superintendent, Production Supervisor, Production Team Leader, Production Welding Supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager), Quality Assurance Supervisor (QA Supervisor), Quality Control Manager (QC Manager), Quality Control Supervisor (QC Supervisor), Quality Supervisor, Receiving Supervisor, Sawmill Supervisor, Shift Production Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Shipping Receiving and Packaging Supervisor, Shipping Supervisor, Shipping/Receiving Manager, Shipyard Supervisor, Shop Foreman, Supervisor, Team Leader, Tool Room Supervisor, Tooling Supervisor, Tour Production Supervisor, Veneer Department Manager, Warehouse and Receiving Supervisor, Welding Production Supervisor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -0.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #47 in job growth rate
  • 1,290

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #21 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (3.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (13.3%)
  • Associate's degree (8.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (25.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (38.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (10.1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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