Production Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the production activities of forestry, manufacturing and mining organisations including physical and human resources.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have a Certificate III/IV instead of a university degree.

Tasks

  • determining, implementing and monitoring production strategies, policies and plans
  • planning details of production activities in terms of output quality and quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements
  • controlling the operation of production plant and quality procedures through planning of maintenance, designation of operating hours and supply of parts and tools
  • monitoring production output and costs, and adjusting processes and resources to minimise costs
  • informing other Managers about production matters
  • overseeing the acquisition and installation of new plant and equipment
  • directing research into production methods, and recommending and implementing initiatives
  • controlling the preparation of production records and reports
  • coordinating the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements
  • directing staff activities and monitoring their performance

Job Titles

  • Production Manager (Forestry)
  • Production Manager (Manufacturing)
  • Production Manager (Mining)
  • Production Manager (Forestry) (also called Forest Manager)

    Manages the production activities of a forestry operation.

    Specialisations: Harvest Manager (Forestry), Operations Manager (Forestry)

  • Production Manager (Manufacturing)

    Manages the manufacturing activities of an organisation.

    Specialisations: Operations Manager (Production), Plant Manager (Manufacturing), Works Manager (Manufacturing)

  • Production Manager (Mining) (also called Mine Manager or Mine Superintendent)

    Manages the production activities of a mining operation.

    Specialisations: Quarry Manager

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,634 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    58,000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    82.2%
  • Female Share

    17.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    94.8%

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This is a very large occupation employing 58,000 workers. The number of workers has grown moderately over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 58,000. Around 22,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Production Managers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Mining; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,634 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200744400
200853100
200950700
201060000
201151500
201254600
201357000
201454700
201555800
201656300
201758000
202258000

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsProduction ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings16341230

Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryProduction ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-time94.868.4
Part-time5.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.140

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing58.7
Mining12.8
Wholesale Trade6.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.8
Other Industries18.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateProduction ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.631.8
VIC28.825.5
QLD18.419.8
SA6.96.8
WA13.311.2
TAS1.62
NT11.1
ACT0.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketProduction ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-242.1-9.99.9
25-3413.5-23.423.4
35-4432.4-21.721.7
45-5429.1-21.121.1
55-5912.4-8.78.7
60-646.4-5.95.9
65 and Over4.1-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryProduction ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males82.2Males53.6
Females17.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationProduction ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.4-8.68.6
Bachelor degree18.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.1-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV25.9-18.918.9
Year 1215.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 109.9-17.717.7
Below Year 108.5-8.18.1

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have a Certificate III/IV instead of a university degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Production Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Production and Processing

    88% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mechanical

    77% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Administration and Management

    73% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Personnel and Human Resources

    64% Important

    Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    61% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    88% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  2. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    86% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  3. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    85% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Getting Information

    83% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Scheduling Work and Activities

    83% Important

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers.

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