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   Industrial Production Managers in California

May also be called: Area Plant Managers; General Production Managers; Manufacturing Coordinators; Manufacturing Managers; Plant Managers; Production Control Managers; Production Managers; Production Supervisors

Specialties within this occupation include: Biofuels Production Managers; Biomass Production Managers; Geothermal Production Managers; Hydroelectric Production Managers; Methane/Landfill Gas Collection System Operators

What Would I Do?

Industrial Production Managers are in charge of planning, directing, and coordinating the plant activities and resources needed for the efficient manufacture of products. They must also ensure end-product quality and correct quantity within the limits of the company budget.

A major part of the job of Industrial Production Manager is the constant improvement of the quality of products and the efficiency of the production process. In order to improve production, they may institute or provide for funding of employee training and education programs. If materials or machine parts need improvement, repair, or replacement, they may work with suppliers to improve quality.

Green Economy: The green, sustainable production methods will be the goal of many industries for the foreseeable future. The need for production processes that conserve energy and natural resources as well as are nonpolluting and economically safe for employees, communities, and consumers will become more apparent in the coming years.

Industrial Production Managers work in factories. Due to urgent deadlines, they often work more than 40 hours per week. In 24-hour plants, they often work late shifts and may be on call to deal with unexpected emergencies.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Industrial Production Managers may appeal to those who enjoy activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions and working with tools and machinery. It may also appeal to those who enjoy searching for facts and figuring out problems.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2020 for Industrial Production Managers in California is $114,377 annually, or $54.99 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Benefits for Industrial Production Managers tend to be similar to benefits offered to those in other managerial positions in the manufacturing industry—stock options, dividends, and other performance bonuses, vacation and sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

The total number of employed Industrial Production Managers is expected to increase during the 10-year projections period. Some openings will be due to the need to replace workers who leave the occupation for various reasons. The outlook is brightest for those job applicants with a master's degree in business administration (MBA) or an undergraduate engineering degree. Employers will be looking for those who have expert communication skills and who are personable and eager to further their professional education.

How Do I Qualify?

Due to the diverse nature of manufacturing operations and job requirements, there is no standard preparation for Industrial Production Managers. Many successful job candidates have a college degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Others have a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Other Production Managers are former production line supervisors promoted into their positions. Although many employers prefer candidates who have a degree in business or engineering, some companies hire graduates from other fields who are willing to spend time in a production-related position.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains the most effective form of job search methods for Industrial Production Managers. Applicants look for jobs in the industry where they have knowledge or interest, such as biofuel production or hydroelectrical production. Some find work through industry organizations or with professional organizations, such as the Association for Operations Management. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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To find your nearest One-Stop Career Center, go to Service Locator. View the helpful job search tips for more resources. (requires Adobe Reader).

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