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

    You can work as a Production Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Production Managers.

    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

    More about Production Managers

    All Production Managers

    All Production Managers

    • $2,258 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 57,400 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 48 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 16% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Production Managers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 54,600 in 2014 to 57,400 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Location: Production Managers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Mining; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,258 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
    • Gender: 16% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200950700
    201060100
    201151200
    201254200
    201357100
    201454600
    201555400
    201655900
    201759800
    201854000
    201957400
    202457200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings22581460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing57.9
    Mining12.2
    Wholesale Trade5.4
    Construction5.1
    Other Industries19.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateProduction ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.431.6
    VIC28.525.6
    QLD19.020.0
    SA7.57.0
    WA13.710.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketProduction ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-241.6-9.39.3
    25-3416.3-22.922.9
    35-4429.0-22.022.0
    45-5431.5-21.621.6
    55-5911.4-9.09.0
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate8.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree17.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.8-21.121.1
    Year 1214.5-18.118.1
    Year 114.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Production Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Production Managers.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      80% Skill level

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

    2. Administration and management

      76% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Customer and personal service

      69% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Education and training

      66% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Personnel and human resources

      66% Skill level

      Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Responsible for outcomes

      96% Important

      Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

    5. Teamwork

      93% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

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