Office managers are the jack-of-all-trades of their respective organizations. Depending on the size of the company, office managers may be asked to distribute resources, plan administrative events and budgets, oversee mechanical infrastructures, and coordinate with the human resources department. Essentially, office managers are responsible for maintaining the working integrity of the workplace. They are often stratified into several layers of authority, with managers reporting up the company's hierarchy. Relevant work experience is crucial for office managers. They must demonstrate both their familiarity with, and knowledge of their industry, as well as an ability to lead.
It is of the utmost importance that office managers understand technological trends as workplaces become increasingly automated. And as always, they must keep the company's vision at the forefront of the employees' minds, inspiring passion and practicality in equal measure.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for office managers is $77,890. The top ten percent of office managers can expect to earn upwards of $130,000. With great salary comes great responsibility: the duties of full-time work, with the added responsibilities of problems that can occur during off hours are important considerations. Aptitude tests for prospective office managers should therefore look to evaluate their problem-solving ability, critical thinking and communication skills. Personality tests can also help provide valuable insights, because office managers must be able to coordinate and communicate effectively with both supervisors and employees. Criteria Corp's customers generally use the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) to assess critical thinking and problem-solving ability, and the Employee Personality Profile (EPP) to learn more about the personality traits of prospective office managers, seeking candidates who will mesh well with the company and thrive in the position.
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Rank in HireSelect:
5 out of 1,100
Median wage in U.S.:
$92,250/year or $44.35/hr
Expected growth rate 2012-2022:
Number employed (2014): 268,730
Education level of Office Managers: