Occupational Outlook for Continuous Improvement

In today’s corporate environment there is a large focus on cost cutting and process streamlining.  This means “Continuous Improvement” methodologies are a top priority for most large organizations.  Let’s take a look at the Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to dig a little deeper into some of the positions that should grow over the next ten years.

Management Analysts:

The BLS describes Management Analysts as “Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.”  Sure sounds a lot like a Continuous Improvement Manager, using many of the same techniques and tools.

This position is expected to grow by 14%, much faster than average.  With a median salary of $81,330, these positions are in high demand by both employers and potential employees.

Learn More:  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm

​Industrial Production Managers:

An Industrial Production Manager oversees the daily operation of the manufacturing of a product.  They are responsible for all operational aspects of the day-to-day operations.  It’s common for these positions to require an understanding of 5S, Six Sigma, and Quality Management methods.

The BLS believes that this profession will see a small decline, to approximately 165,000 positions by 2024.  With a pay of around $97,000, these will be highly sought after positions.

Learn More:  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/industrial-production-managers.htm

Project Managers:

The BLS doesn’t specifically list “Project Manager” as a career.  This is primarily because there are many sub-sets of project management.  The role also changes depending on the industry you work in.  Here are a few of the positions they list under the Project Management category:

  • Cost Estimators – “Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular product or industry.”
    • 9% growth rate with an expected salary of $61,790

  • Construction Managers – “Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.”
    • 5% growth rate with an expected salary of $89,300


Corporate Trainers:

Corporate trainers will always be in demand.  These trainers have the skills and knowledge to train a companies workforce.  They must have technical knowledge of the subject being taught, as well as strong inter-personal skills.  Having a corporate trainer certification is a great way to get started in this filed.

The BLS states that these jobs should continue to grow at about 7%.  The average salary is approximately $59,020.
Learn More:  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/training-and-development-specialists.htm