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Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

General Information

Description

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit90.25%
  2. State and local government3.33%
  3. Self-employed2.86%
  4. Private, not for profit2.28%
  5. Federal government1.09%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Manufacturing

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    • Maintenance Officers
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    • Fuel Supply Specialists
      • Fuel supply specialists receive, store, inventory, issue, and ship various fuel products, including petroleum, alternate fuel, and cryogenic products. They manage, maintain, and operate fuel support equipment used for base and tactical operations. They are responsible for ensuring compliance with all safety and environmental regulations. They perform analyses to ensure the quality of fuels and lubricants. Navigate to Military Career Page
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$63,510

State-by-state Salary

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$98,680
$37,120
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 32%
  • Some college 14%
  • Less than high school 14%
  • Associate's degree 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 11%
  • Post-secondary certificate 11%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Enterprising — You have an interest in managing, negotiating and marketing, or leading and advising others.
  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.
  • Conventional — You have an interest in following procedures and regulations to organize information or data.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics

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