What does an Area Manager do?

Area managers are responsible for ensuring the proper and effective operation of a business. This role requires individuals to oversee the day-to-day work and operations of lower-level employees to ensure adherence to organization guidelines. Area managers may also take on human resources duties, to include interviewing and hiring new staff. This role may also require creating and implementing new operational standards.

Area managers do not require any specific degree. However, a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a G.E.D.) may be preferred. An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in relevant fields may be necessary, depending on the industry and specialization. Any certificates, licenses and registration needs will vary depending on industry. Area managers should possess key interpersonal and communication skills. Strong leadership skills will also be necessary for effective management.

What responsibilities are common for Area Manager jobs?
  • Manage day-to-day operations within the organization
  • Oversee employee work on a daily basis to ensure adherence to organizational standards and guidelines
  • Meet regularly with managed employees to provide critical feedback and encouragement
  • Manage employee schedules, to include setting hours and timesheets
  • Track employee activity, to include successful completion of designated tasks
  • Liaise with senior-level officers to coordinate and report on ongoing issues
  • Create and deliver reports to senior-level officers and maintain effective meeting notes
  • Identify organizational or employee-related issues and create effective solutions
What are the typical qualifications for Area Manager jobs?
  • Previous work experience may qualify in place of high school diploma
  • An Associate's or Bachelor's degree may be preferred for management in specialized fields
  • 0-5 years of experience, depending on industry
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage others
  • Distinct communication skills, to include a willingness to offer positive and negative feedback as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a proven ability communicate across different levels of an organization
  • Working knowledge of basic computer operating systems, such as Windows or MacOS
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to create easily-followed guidelines for others
  • Strongly self-motivated, to include studying and maintaining working knowledge of industry standards and trends
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Area Manager Salaries near Canada

Average Base Pay

$93,684 /yr
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Area Manager Career Path

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ASM (Area Sales Manager)
Jul 6, 2022

“One of the best company in am working with everyone is very helpful and calm.”

Area Manager
Aug 5, 2023

“Flexible work is not really an option and 4 day schedule might end up being 5.”

Area Manager
Jun 4, 2021

“Great development culture and a brilliant career if you are looking to climb the ladder quickly”

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Area Manager
Nov 18, 2021

“very responsive company who gives to the tools and training needed to progress your career.”

Area Manager Intern
Feb 21, 2022

“Pay as an intern is very good and unless your am engineering major I couldn't see anything higher.”

ASM (Area Sales Manager)
Jul 25, 2023

“New training program is top notch and they do a really good job at onboarding you to ensure success.”

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ASM (Area Sales Manager)
Mar 9, 2022

“With a good training program highly competitive products to sell and growing in market share.”

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Market Area Manager
Jun 21, 2021

“The benefits and time off are the best that I have had had in my career.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Area Manager

When working as an Area Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Microsoft Office Suite, Effective Communication, CDL and Load Unload.

The most similar professions to Area Manager are:
  • Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • General Manager
  • District Manager

The most common qualifications to become an Area Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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