Most employers require industrial production managers to have a bachelor’s degree and two-to-five years of related work experience. Most have a degree in business administration or industrial engineering.

At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Some industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They first advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most get a university degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion. Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

What are Industrial Production Managers like?


Based on our pool of users, industrial production managers tend to be predominately enterprising people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Industrial Production Managers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 260 Sokanu users

Are Industrial Production Managers happy?


Industrial production managers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 19th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Industrial Production Manager Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Industrial Production Managers

The most common degree held by industrial production managers is Business Management And Administration. 11% of industrial production managers had a degree in business management and administration before becoming industrial production managers. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Mechanical Engineering graduates are the second most common among industrial production managers, representing 4% of industrial production managers in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.6 times the average.

Industrial Production Manager Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Industrial Production Manager, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of industrial production managers % of population Multiple
Business Management And Administration 10.7% 6.5% 1.7×
Mechanical Engineering 4.2% 1.6% 2.6×
Industrial Engineering 3.1% 0.3% 9.5×
Chemical Engineering 2.3% 0.5% 4.5×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.9% 2.2% 0.9×
Engineering Management 1.9% 0.2% 10.2×
Finance 1.5% 2.0% 0.8×
Electrical Engineering 1.5% 0.8% 1.9×
Economics 1.5% 3.8% 0.4×
Business 1.1% 2.4% 0.5×
English Literature 1.1% 4.9% 0.2×

Industrial Production Manager Education Levels

48% of industrial production managers have an associate's degree. 42% of industrial production managers have a bachelor's degree.

No education 1%
High school diploma 7%
Associate's degree 48%
Bachelor's degree 42%
Master's degree 2%
Doctorate degree 0%

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