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Small Business Manager

A Small Business Manager is responsible for driving the work of others in order to increase the size of a business. They are involved in all aspects of a business including sales, marketing, and public relations; research, operations analysis, data processing, mathematics, statistics and economics.


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Employment Levels

Around 69,100 people are currently employed as Small Business Managers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 77,100 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

31% of all Small Business Managers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Small Business Managers is TAS, with only 1.1%.

Gender Split

This is a very male dominated industry with 67.2% of Small Business Managers being male and 32.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Small Business Managers is 45-54 years old, with 27.1%. A small percentage (4.8%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Small Business Managers, with 13% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Small Business Managers work an average of 41 hours a week which is 0.1 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Small Business Managers have a Certificate III/IV qualification (24.1%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (21.8%). 74.7% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 25.3% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Small Business Manager Duties & Tasks

  • Hire, train and evaluate new business employees
  • Ensure the company is on track to meet financial objectives
  • Develop and implements budgets. Prepare reports for stakeholders
  • Ensure the company complies with company and legal policy
  • Ensure staff and workers have the resources available to complete tasks



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.