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. Excludes team or work leaders.

Also known as:

Assembly Supervisor, Converting Supervisor, Die Cast Supervisor, Electrical Supervisor, Fabrication Supervisor, Inspection Supervisor, Line Supervisor, Machining Supervisor, Manufacturing Supervisor, Melting Supervisor, Molding Supervisor, Packaging Supervisor, Paper Machine Supervisor, Paper Mill Supervisor, Paper Products Supervisor, Plant Supervisor, Preparation Supervisor, Press Supervisor, Printing Supervisor, Production Department Supervisor, Production Manager, Production Superintendent, Production Supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager), Quality Assurance Supervisor (QA Supervisor), Quality Control Manager (QC Manager), Quality Control Supervisor (QC Supervisor), Sawmill Supervisor, Shift Production Supervisor, Shipping Supervisor, Shop Foreman, Tool Room Supervisor, Warehouse Supervisor

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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:

  • -0.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #51 in job growth rate
  • 1,290

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #20 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.7%)
  • Master's degree (3.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (14%)
  • Associate's degree (9.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (25%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (37.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (9.8%)

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Skills

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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

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.
  • 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.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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:

  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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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