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Management Trainee

Education and Training: Bachelor’s degree, Doctorate degree
Average Salary: $21,693 to $49,850 per year
Job Outlook: Excellent

A management trainee is an individual who is trained to assume the duties of management. Many companies have management trainee programs, also called internships, which can last several months, a year, or longer. Management trainee programs generally have mentors who guide the trainee and answer any questions they may have.

In addition, a management trainee will receive an orientation along with classroom instruction, hands-on activities, as well as formal assignments within the company. Some management trainees receive training in specific areas while others receive training in all departments so that they may have a better understanding of how the company functions.

The specific duties of a management trainee vary according to the company, industry, or department. The basic skills a management trainee will perform once they become manager are establishing and enforcing policies and procedures, directing and supervising employees, setting the tone for the company culture, and setting the standards for the channels of communication.

Certification, additional education, and a solid work performance are the keys to a successful management trainee who wants to become a manager. The successful management trainee can, with hard work and determination, and additional education, advance into upper management.

Education and Training Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for employment as a management trainee. Most management trainees have degrees in the area of their employment such as business. Professional certification can give a management trainee an edge over other candidates. In addition, some employers pursue individuals who hold doctorate degrees and a certain grade point average.

The American Management Association offers training in many management disciplines as well as courses that prepare an individual for certification. LinkedIn, a professional networking group, allows management trainees to establish professional connections through their groups that range from job networks to groups that focus on new and developing trends in management.

Getting the Job

Individuals who want to work as a management trainee should participate in job fairs as well as signing up with the local employment agency. In addition, many colleges and universities career placement offices are a source for potential jobs as are employment agencies and newspaper classified ads.

Job Prospects, Employment Outlook and Career Development

According to the 2010-2011 Career Guide to Industries employment within the management, scientific, and consulting areas will increase by 83 percent during the 2008 to 2018. Competition is strong for management positions due to the number of people competing for jobs. As with most industries, the economy determines the demand for management trainee employment.

The management trainee who wants an advantage when it comes to employment should pursue certification. Many professional organizations offer certifications that will show an employer that you are a cut above the rest. Candidates who have education along with experience have the best chance at obtaining management trainee positions.

Working Conditions and Environment

Teamwork, the ability to work independently, and the ability to work under close supervision are required of the management trainee. The management trainee can work in a variety of industries or work environments. Stress is a part of the job as are long and irregular works hours. Working overtime and working during the holidays is a part of the job. In addition, travel due to relocation or additional training is to be expected.

Salary and Benefits

According to Payscale.com, 2011 salaries for management trainees range from $21,693 to $49,850 per year. Sick leave, medical insurance, paid vacations, retirement plans, and employee stock plans are standard benefits for the industry.

Where to Go for More Information

American Management Association
600 AMA Way
Saranac Lake, NY 12983-9963
Phone: (877) 566-9441
Fax: (518) 891-0368
American Management Association

LinkedIn Corporation
2029 Stierlin Court, Ste. 200
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 687-3560
LinkedIn Corporation

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University
201 Business Building
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-4011
Phone: (405) 744-5064
Fax: (405) 744-5180
Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

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