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How to become a Manager

Managers coordinate and organise business activities to ensure that objectives, goals, missions, visions and values are met. To work in a career at this level, you’ll need to wear many hats and have strengths in both administrative and leadership roles.

Management can be split into three tiers:

  • Upper Management – in this these roles you’d be responsible for overseeing entire organisations and coming up with clear objectives to help businesses move forward and thrive (e.g. Chief Executive, President, or Director).
  • Middle Management – at this level you’d be responsible for being the middleman between the upper managements decisions and plans and the organisation’s employees. You’d be interpreting plans and goals and ensuring action is taken to meet them (e.g. General Managers, Regional Managers or Plant Managers).
  • Lower Level Management – working in this level you’d be responsible for one small area or team. You’d be responsible for making work happen, supervising staff, problem solving and reporting (e.g. Departmental Manager, Line Manager, Product and Project Managers).

It’s not easy to break into management roles without some work experience under your belt and roles can be competitive, so you’ll have to always bring your “A” game.

If you’re great at seeing the bigger picture, decisive and able to delegate (then leave your staff to get on with their jobs), you could have a rewarding future as a Manager.


About you:


  • Great interpersonal skills, able to communicate ideas, build relationships with people at all levels and identify employees strengths, then motivate and challenge them to excel in those areas
  • Critical thinker who is super organised, can delegate and prioritise in an instant to maintain productivity, meet targets and deadlines, as well as stay on budget and eliminate down time
  • Analytical skills, effective in forward planning and strategic thinking to help drive the company forward and encourage innovation
  • Good all round commercial and financial knowledge, enthusiastic learner, mentor and problem solver.


Industry Specific Management Roles


Although there is no single definition of a Manager’s roles and responsibilities, the skills and qualities required to be successful in a career as a Manager remain relatively consistent across all of the industries.




You could be planning, directing and coordinating activities and performances, monitoring projects and preparing reports, approving budgets and finding funding, or hiring, training and supervising employees and artists.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 6.1%

Average Salary 2022: $125,000 per year (seek.com.au)




If you choose to work in Design as a Manager you could end up coordinating design work, participating in meetings, analysing where designs aren’t optimal and where time, money and effort are being wasted, managing distribution and production of goods and workloads, collaborating with niche experts, or supervising design teams.

Projected Job Growth to 2025: Strong (labourmarketinsights.gov.au)

Average Salary 2022: $155,000 per year (seek.com.au)


Aviation & Transport


You could be managing an entire airport, airline or automotive company, be responsible for logistics, recruiting staff, monitoring costs, ensuring the organisation meets health and safety requirements, carrying out performance reviews, assessing productivity and viability, planning new routes, and implementing maintenance and training.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 4.3% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $115,000 per year (seek.com.au)




Working in retail, banks, schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels and corporations. Business Managers’ tasks vary between industries and organisations. You could be preparing and monitoring finances from budgets and cash flow to financial planning, reporting to stakeholders, writing projections and goals, supervising operations and providing leadership to employees, implementing strategies, and evaluating performance.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 6.1% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $105,000 per year (seek.com.au)




Management roles in this industry could include being a Law Office Manager, or working in Human Resources, Risk Management, Finance, or Administrative Services, for example.

Typical duties would be dependent on your role, but as a Law Office Manager for example, you could be meeting with clients, carrying out interviews, assigning cases to specialists, overseeing billing and general finances, preparing documentation and training staff.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 7.3% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $73,000 per year (seek.com.au)




As a Construction Manager you’d be overseeing projects and site operations, interpreting and communicating architectural drawings and plans, hiring labourers and skilled tradies, and ensuring materials are purchased and delivered, as well as other plant and equipment. You could be negotiating with clients, developers, subcontractors and planning departments to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 12% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $165,000 per year (seek.com.au)




Managers in this industry could be running a school or university, heading up a department, or working in government or private training organisations. You could be developing policies and curriculums, implementing projects, preparing reports or providing advice, looking after financial and physical resources, budgeting, or recruiting and training new staff.

Projected Job Growth to 2025: Strong (labourmarketinsights.gov.au)

Average Salary 2022: $115,000 per year (seek.com.au)




You could find yourself managing hotels, venues, restaurants or bars. Some of the common duties you might be expected to do include managing budgets, approving expenses, implementing customer service, cleanliness and other policies, meeting and greeting customers, ordering in supplies, dealing with complaints, hiring and training staff, or marketing and promotions.

Projected Job Growth to 2025: Strong (joboutlook.gov.au)

Average Salary 2022: $75,000 per year (seek.com.au)




You could be working in education, politics, government, community groups, youth services. You could be managing a library, organising cultural services, planning and overseeing the creation of public facilities like community centres, running your own business as a technical writer, providing counselling, or performing public relations duties.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 6.1%

Average Salary 2022: $125,000 per year (seek.com.au)




There are many diverse IT and communication sectors where you could find management roles, but as a general IT manager, you might be responsible for sourcing, installing, updating and maintaining a company’s technology resources, researching solutions and finding strategies that will help the organisation (and staff) to perform better, managing staff, designing and implementing new policies and procedures, training staff, assessing network security and finding upgrades, or auditing systems.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 8.3% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $125,000 per year (seek.com.au)


Communication and Marketing


Typically, managers in this industry are responsible for finding new customers, changing brands to suit market requirements, planning and implementing campaigns, identifying new opportunities, conducting and analysing market research, developing pricing and budgeting strategies, doing presentations, collaborating with departments, or making sure consent and licenses are used when necessary.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 21.1% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $105,000 per year (seek.com.au)




You might be running a GP clinic, heading up a hospital or a department within a hospital, working in environmental health, or even running a wellbeing service. Some general duties you might be doing include organising medical and non-medical resources, working with other health professionals to discuss and plan outcomes and projects, recruiting and training, writing reports, delivering services, monitoring performance, or organising staffing issues.

Projected Job Growth to 2025: Very strong (labourmarketinsights.gov.au)

Average Salary 2022: $110,000 per year (seek.com.au)


Police, Fire and ADF


Oversee the overall operational, management, and administration of the services, including finances, logistics, staffing, training, recruiting, response planning, safety issues and compliance. You could be working at a local, regional, state or national level. At the end of the day you’ll be helping to ensure that the emergency and defence services are running efficiently and always ready to respond to any situation.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 6.1%

Average Salary 2022: $125,000 per year (seek.com.au)




In this industry you could be developing environmental strategies, policies and action plans to reduce pollution, control waste, recycling, environmental health, preserve at-risk environments, promote sustainable development and practises, carry out audits, perform impact assessments, and raise awareness.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 6.1%

Average Salary 2022: $125,000 per year (seek.com.au)




As a Manager in this industry you could end up working in laboratories, education, project management, IT development, Engineering, Maths, or Urban Development; the opportunities are immense. You could be developing new products and solutions, launching innovation think tanks, managing services, integrating systems, and more.

Projected Job Growth over the next 5 years: 9% (seek.com.au)

Average Salary 2022: $165,000 per year (seek.com.au)


How to become a Manager in Australia


You could complete a degree in Management and still not be hired into a management role; or you might finish school in Year 10 and end up in a very well-paid management role.

To become a Manager, above anything else, takes hard work, experience and dedication. You’ll need to become an expert in your field and build as many skills as you can. Networking is also a really important skill to cultivate.

Obtaining relevant qualifications could help you to become eligible for management roles more quickly and help your job applications make it to the interview pile.

There are dozens of Certificates and Diplomas in various management fields; check out what’s available on My Skills, e.g.:

A degree could open up more opportunities and allow you to apply for more senior positions, e.g.:

Or you could do a degree in any field (related to the industry you’re keen to work in) then apply for a postgraduate course in Management, e.g. a Master of Management.

There are also micro-credentials and short courses to consider that will help you to gain and develop the many skills that you’ll need as a Manager.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Can I get a Management job with no experience?


It is highly unlikely that you’ll be able to walk into a management role unless you have some experience under your belt. Obtaining relevant qualifications and being able to demonstrate you have the skills required for management could be really beneficial.


Do I need to go to university to become a Manager?


You can become a Manager without going to university, but it could take you slightly longer and you’ll have to work really hard to show you can do the job, network well and get great references. Going to uni could help you get into Management a little faster.


What does a Manager do?


Managers are responsible for employees and the organisations they work for. You are the figurehead and may be in charge of planning, organising, staffing, leading, and controlling. They may also be in charge of:

  • Recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees
  • Ensuring a safe, secure, and legal work environment.
  • Developing personal growth opportunities, mentoring and leadership
  • Communicating job expectations and company objectives
  • Ensuring productivity and standards are maintained with products, services, customer and staff relationships
  • Establishing strategic goals and controlling finances
  • Working as part of the team, being involved and engaged


Where do Managers work?


Managers are needed everywhere and there are roles in every single industry. Depending on the specific job, you could be working in a corporate office, a retail space, in a factory, on the shop floor, in a school or hospital, in a hotel, restaurant, bar or other venue, in tourism, science or agriculture. The options are endless.


What are 3 things I can do right now to work help me become a Manager?


If you’re at high school and you think a career as a Manager would be perfect for you, here’s a few things you could start doing right now:

  1. Take on leadership and mentoring roles wherever you can
  2. Get a part time job, work hard and find or ask for opportunities to take on more responsibility
  3. Start up a business or entrepreneurial side-gig, or shadow a manager at work

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