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Find out how to become a general manager in the administration and business/management sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an General Manager is $99,800 - 199,200 annually


What does a General Manager do?

General managers take part in the long-term and short-term strategic plans of a business, implementing policies and procedures and ensuring training and profit objectives are met.

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What skills do you need to be a General Manager?

General managers are typically the second-highest management level, reporting to the top executive on the progress of their business.

  • Have excellent time management for handling multiple responsibilities and an ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working with other people and establishing respectful, positive relationships
  • Innovative, goal-driven, and determined – with clear vision of company and financial objectives
  • An ability to keep updated with the latest trends and movements in their industry
  • An ability to keep updated with their local, state, and federal regulations
  • Excellent financial and budgeting skills – can determine cost-saving measures and optimise the budget given

How to become a General Manager 

To become a General Manager, you'll ideally need to have a bachelor's degree majoring in business, commerce or economics, with extensive industry experience. 

However, studying a diploma-level qualification can help you develop important skills and knowledge to prepare you for this career pathway.

Qualifications such as BSB50120 - Diploma of Business (Organisational Development) or BSB50120 - Diploma of Business may be relevant as these focus on managing people and the processes involved for a business or organisation.
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General manager quick facts

General managers can be found in most industries, with most working in full-time positions. Here are few key facts on the role of a general manager.

Employment for this role is expected to slightly decline to 2025, from 43,900 workers in 2020 to 41,800 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    49 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; manufacturing; and retail trade
  • Job Growth 
    Expected to slightly decline over the next five years. From 43,900 in 2020 to 41,800 by 2025. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's  - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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