Entry-Level Management Jobs: Salary & Job Descriptions

As most managers work their way up to the position, there are limited entry-level positions available. Here we discuss a few of these job options, their median salaries, expected job growth rates and education requirements.

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Entry-Level Management Career Options

Although almost all management positions require some related work experience, entry-level positions in management may only require little to no related experience. These careers span several different job fields and require various skill sets. Learn about a few of the entry-level management careers below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Construction Managers $89,300 11%
Food Service Managers $50,820 9%
Lodging Managers $51,840 6%
Administrative Services Managers $90,050 10%
Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers $127,560 9%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Career Information for Entry-Level Management Jobs

Construction Managers

Construction managers are not required to have prior work experience in a related occupation, but typically undergo some moderate on-the-job training. These managers oversee all aspects of a particular construction project, from preparing budgets and explaining contracts to ensuring the project complies with all safety codes and regulations. They also stay in close contact with various construction specialists to keep projects on track, as well as with clients to keep them updated on the status of the project and any work delays or problems that arise. Most construction managers need a bachelor's degree, but a few may find positions with only a high school diploma and work experience in construction.

Food Service Managers

Food service managers usually need less than 5 years of experience in the industry, which typically comes from working as a waiter or cook. These managers oversee the staff and daily activities of a restaurant or other eating establishment, which requires them to hire and train employees, schedule work hours and manage the budget. Food service managers also address customer complaints to ensure customer satisfaction, maintain inventory, make sure all health and safety regulations are met and oversee food preparation. They usually need a high school diploma, but some of these managers may pursue training in culinary school or another postsecondary institution.

Lodging Managers

Depending on their level of education, some lodging managers may need less than 5 years of related work experience. Lodging managers oversee the daily operations of hotels and other establishments with accommodations to ensure that their guests have everything they need throughout their stay. They make sure that all rooms and common areas are clean and welcoming, manage the front desk, hire and train staff, set room rates and answer any questions that guests may have. Lodging managers may hold a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree in hotel management or a related field or have a high school diploma and years of experience in the field.

Administrative Services Managers

Administrative services managers typically need less than 5 years of related work experience to coordinate the supportive services in an organization. Primary responsibilities depend on the position, but in general may include managing records, supervising administrative staff, maintaining the facility and overseeing any necessary maintenance and repairs in the facility. Some of these managers may also help determine goals for their department and make suggestions for policy changes and other procedures to improve efficiency. Most administrative services managers need a bachelor's degree, but education requirements vary based on position.

Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers

Advertising, promotions and marketing managers usually have had some prior work experience in promotions, advertising, sales or marketing, but it may not necessarily be required. These managers develop promotional and advertisement campaigns to generate public and consumer interest in a particular service or product. They negotiate contracts, create pricing strategies, work with department heads on campaigns and oversee advertising, promotions and marketing staff. These professionals need to have a bachelor's degree.

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