Managers

The Managers graphic shows 32% of jobs are regional. 4% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 32% of workers are self-employed.

The Managers graphic shows 38% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 30% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 27% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Annual Employment Growth (%)

A large number of Australians are employed as Managers and they work in many different types of organisations across all industries.

Are qualifications or experience needed?

This is a relatively skilled group, as Managers generally hold senior positions, taking responsibility for staff and operations. This means qualifications are usually needed, however, sometimes significant on-the-job experience is sufficient.

  • 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 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 8% of this group).

Managers are typically skilled in communication and building relationships, planning, budgeting and problem solving.

Top Employing Occupations

Occupation
Retail Managers
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
Construction Managers
Livestock Farmers
Human Resource Managers
Other Specialist Managers
Finance Managers
ICT Managers
Other Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers
Production Managers
Cafe and Restaurant Managers
Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers
Crop Farmers
General Managers
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
Chief Executives and Managing Directors
Conference and Event Organisers
Policy and Planning Managers
Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers
Health and Welfare Services Managers

In which industries do Managers work?

Managers work in every industry, but the largest shares are in Retail Trade and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (both 12%). Other major employing industries include Accommodation and Food Services (9%) 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 across all industries.

Are there job opportunities?

When looking for Manager vacancies, remember they are not always advertised online. Some positions are filled by the promotion of existing workers, while others are advertised in less formal ways such as word of mouth or head hunting. It is important for job seekers who are looking for Manager positions to remember this and use professional networks to help bolster their recruitment chances.

Will there be future opportunities?

Managers often perform a range of non-routine, cognitive duties (such as problem solving) so this occupation group is less susceptible to automation.

Employment by occupation subgroup, Managers

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Occupation subgroup % % % % % % %
Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators 11 27 0 30 54 27 12
Farmers and Farm Managers 20 29 4 54 19 29 46
Specialist Managers 10 36 2 21 50 28 19
Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers 17 48 8 21 24 35 35
All Managers 14 38 4 25 38 30 27

Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data).