What Industrial Production Managers Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Work Environment

Industrial production managers held about 172,700 jobs in 2012. Most industrial production managers work full time and almost half worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012.

How to Become an Industrial Production Manager

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and 1 to 5 years of related work experience.


The median annual wage for industrial production managers was $89,190 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of industrial production managers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Most of these managers are employed in various manufacturing industries, and will experience growth or decline along with the industries in which they are employed.

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