OFFICE MANAGERS are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office. They make sure office equipment and machinery is in good working order. When machinery malfunctions, managers try to correct the problem or call in repair persons. They request new equipment or supplies when needed. They coordinate work schedules, give out work assignments, and issue deadlines. They supervise the work of clerical staff to make sure it stays on schedule and meets quality standards. They hire and train new employees. They do performance evaluations and recommend promotions, demotions, etc. They also maintain personnel, financial, and other office records.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $60,000 average per year ($28.75 per hour)
- A very large occupation (1,600,300 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.1% per year)
Most companies fill OFFICE MANAGER positions by promoting clerical or administrative support workers from within the organization. Many employers require some post-secondary training, and in some cases, an associate's or even a bachelor's degree. No special licensing or certification is required for office managers.