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Here are the steps typically required before applying to be a shift manager:
Shift managers can use their managerial experience to apply to higher-paying managerial roles, such as a general manager or store manager, depending on the field they work in. They may choose to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree in a field such as business administration or marketing to give them access to work opportunities that require a post-secondary degree.
Shift managers and shift leaders both supervise staff during the shift. However, shift managers typically have more administrative, operational, and organizational responsibilities. For example, they may maintain inventory, order supplies and merchandise, and balance the store's budget.
There are several certifications in professional management that shift managers can prepare for and earn to prove their skill set. Certifications include the Certified Supervisor certification from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, which covers a number of topics applicable to management in many different industries, and Lean Six Sigma Certification, which demonstrates managerial knowledge applicable to fields such as manufacturing and information technology.