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Operations Manager

Find out how to become an operations manager and work in the administration & business industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Operations Manager is $97,900 - 147,200 annually


What does an Operations Manager do?

Operations managers are directly responsible for the production of goods or provision of services. They coordinate a variety of departments to achieve company goals.

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What skills do you need to be an Operations Manager?

Operations managers undertake planning, control and coordination activities related to a variety of industries including manufacture, mining and forestry.

  • Liaise with senior managers to understand and work within sales and profit goals
  • Communicate effectively to ensure the smooth running of company operations
  • Effectively control and oversee budgets, managing resources accordingly
  • Plan production details with particular regard to resource requirements and costs
  • Ensure adherence to standard setting and quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant legal requirements including health and safety regulations

How to become an Operations Manager 

To pursue the career pathway of Operations Manager, you'll ideally have a bachelor's degree majoring in either business administration, business, or commerce, combined with extensive industry experience.

However, there are diploma-level qualifications that can get you started in gaining relevant skills and knowledge. Below are some suggested study pathways: 
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Operations manager quick facts

Working as an operations manager will allow you to use your communication skills and production expertise whilst planning and monitoring work.

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
    Administration & business
  • Job Growth
    Expected to slightly decline in 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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