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

  • $1,634 Weekly Pay
  • 53,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 95.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43.4 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 16.7% female Gender Share

The number of Production Managers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 53,300 in 2018 to 56,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 23,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Production Managers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Mining; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95.6%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.5%).
  • Gender: 16.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200852900
200950600
201059900
201151100
201254300
201356900
201454800
201555600
201656200
201759300
201853300
202356300

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Manufacturing61.3
Mining13.2
Construction4.8
Retail Trade4.5
Other Industries16.2

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 2017, 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
NSW31.631.6
VIC29.826.2
QLD16.819.7
SA6.66.7
WA13.110.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.61.1
ACT0.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-242.3-9.99.9
25-3418.5-23.623.6
35-4427.7-21.721.7
45-5431.5-20.820.8
55-5910.6-8.88.8
60-645.8-6.06.0
65 and Over3.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Manufacturing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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