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General Manager

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 $70,000 - 203,000 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. Employment for this role is expected to stay fairly stable to 2022, from 53,000 workers in 2017 to 52,900 by 2022. 20,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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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
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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.

  • Average Hours Worked
    46.0 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; manufacturing; and retail trade
  • Average qualification level
    16% Advanced Diploma/Diploma

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - 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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