Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


MSD On-The-Job

What will I do on the job?

You will put the skills and concepts you learn in the certificate or degree programs to lead your work unit to a better quality of work life and higher profits. Achieve this through the combined efforts of upper management, staff experts and the unit’s team members. Work environments vary from manufacturing to service, from for-profit to nonprofit, from high-tech to low-tech. Tasks involve short-term planning, organizing and staffing, training, delegating, improving quality, motivating individuals and teams, and report writing.

What skills will I use on the job?

The management and supervisory development program is designed to develop your skills in areas such as: problem solving; written and oral communication; team leadership and motivation; productivity and quality improvements; controlling costs and budgets; long and short-term planning; organizing the workplace and delegating; and working effectively with a diverse work force.

How much can I earn?

Approximate annual salaries in the Portland area:

  • Starting: $25,000
  • Experienced: $30,000+
Who will hire me?

Graduates of the management and supervisory development program are employed by private, public and governmental agencies, both locally and internationally. Examples of these are A-dec, Cascade Steel, Climax Portable Machine Tools, Fujitsu, Intel, Marylhurst College, Oregon Financial Institutions Education Association, Portland Community College, Tektronix and Wacker Siltronic Corporation. Skills acquired in this program will also increase your potential for self-employment opportunities.

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the 30 fastest growing occupations from 2010 to 2020 include:

  • Supervisors of office and administrative support workers: +14.3%
  • Customer Service Representatives: +15.5%
  • First-Line Supervisors of Retail: +8.4%

Oregon Employment Department projects a growth in Management, Business and Financial jobs of 17.6%.

Resources—Networking & Professional Development

American Society for Training & Development

Portland's Chapter of ASTD

American Management Association – AMA

National Association of Professional Women

Project Management Institute