Managers plan, organise, control and coordinate the operations of government, commercial and other organisations. Most Managers work full-time (86%). Employment has risen by 7.6% over the past five years. Around 112,000 new Manager jobs were created in this period, with the largest numbers being for
- Construction Managers (up by 26,700)
- Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers (22,100)
- Conference and Event Organisers (13,700).
In which industries do managers work?
Managers work in every industry, but the largest share is in Retail Trade (13%). Other major employing industries include Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11%), Accommodation and Food Services (10%) and Manufacturing (9%).
Some Manager occupations are concentrated in specific industries. For example, Café and Restaurant Managers are mainly employed in Accommodation and Food Services. For other Manager occupations, such as General Managers and Human Resource Managers, employment is spread widely across all industries.
Are qualifications or experience required?
This is a relatively skilled group, as Managers generally hold senior positions, taking responsibility for staff and operations. Consequently, qualifications and experience are usually required, although sometimes significant on-the-job experience is enough.
- The majority of Managers hold post-school qualifications, although this is less common for Farmers and Farm Managers and Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers.
- The need for significant workplace experience is reflected in the age profile of the workforce. Half of all Managers are aged 45 years or older. Just 4% are aged 15 to 24 years, although there are more opportunities for young people in Hospitality, Retail and Service Manager roles (accounting for 9% of this group).
Are there job opportunities?
The number of vacancies advertised on the Internet for Managers has increased steadily since 2013 but remains below the peak in 2008. Vacancies, though, are not always advertised online. Some are filled by the promotion of existing workers, some are advertised in other ways and many are filled by word of mouth or head hunting.
Will there be future opportunities?
Mangers often perform a range of non-routine, cognitive duties (such as problem solving) which are less susceptible to automation with technology. Employment of these workers is projected to grow by 7.0% over the five years to May 2023 (similar to the projected growth across all occupations).
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupation Employment Projections; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index
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