» more from Back to Work 2011

14. General and Operations Manager

Average annual salary: $113,100
Current employment: 1,708,080

General and operations managers are in charge of planning, directing and coordinating the operations of both public - and private - sector organizations. According to the BLS, someone performing this job would be tasked with formulating policies, managing daily operations and planning the use of materials and human resources. The position of general manager can be more lucrative, with the top 25 percent making over $142,000 per year.

Photo: Echo | Cultura | Getty Images