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Operations Management

Operations managers plan and control the day-to-day business of running a company from the ground up. They are involved in planning construction or renovation of company sites; they help hire and train new personnel, control costs and overhead, and help formulate company policy. An operation manager’s efficient handling of facilities and personnel is crucial to company success; they are responsible for running a “tight ship”. Almost all business students will take classes in operations management. Degree courses may include technology management, statistics and probability, costing, business relationships and more. The field will always be important- companies will always need operations managers to look after day-to-day operations and to cut costs internally. Most graduates start out in entry-level management positions and may advice to chief operations manager or even CEO or COO of the company.

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CareerGrowthMedian Salary*
Business Operation Specialist5%-8%$59,920
Distribution Manager2%-4%$77,120
Production and Operation Supervisor2%$53,870
Production, Planning, and Expediting Associate2%-4%$52,750
Quality Control Analyst5%-8%$45,300

Average median salary should not be expected for an entry level position.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024).

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