General and Operations Managers

What do they do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or 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.

Also known as:

Business Manager, District Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager (GM), Office Manager, Operations Director, Operations Manager, Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager

Typical Wages

Annual wages for General and Operations Managers in United States

★ For the data available, wages are capped at $208,000

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of General and Operations Managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #20 in job growth rate
  • 5,130

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.5%)
  • Master's degree (11.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (32.8%)
  • Associate's degree (9.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (25.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (16.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.6%)

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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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Analyze financial records to improve efficiency.
  • Direct sales, marketing, or customer service activities.
  • Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.
  • Determine pricing or monetary policies.
  • Prepare staff schedules or work assignments.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 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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