Job Description Traffic and production managers are found primarily in either media production or in industrial production. Depending on the size of the company, traffic and production can be one job, or classified as separate positions with the traffic manager reporting to the production manager. Media traffic and production managers don’t require an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of production, but they do need to understand how each department can effect scheduling and budget. They are responsible for budgeting, scheduling and hiring. Additional responsibilities include compliance with safety, union and guild regulations, resolution of equipment issues and creation of daily reports. Industrial traffic and production managers ensure the uninterrupted supply of products to customers. They’re responsible for the transport/delivery of both raw materials for production and getting the finished products to the point of sale. They monitor and document “rush” jobs and address delays, lost or damaged goods. Identifying stalled jobs and moving them forward is critical. Education and Training Media traffic and production managers aren’t required to have a bachelor’s degree, but it is often preferred. Experience is the most relevant qualification, and often traffic and production managers have worked their way up. Industrial traffic and production managers need a college degree in related fields of study like logistics, traffic management, transportation or management. Many traffic managers have a master’s degree, although it’s not usually a requirement. Salary Range Traffic managers in general have a salary range of 36,000 to 65,000 dollars, with a median annual salary of 50,000 dollars. Media production managers’ salary range is 63,978 to 106,938 dollars, with a median annual salary of 84,813 dollars. Industrial production managers, based on figures of May 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics, had a salary range of 54,250 to 150,000 dollars, with a median annual salary of 89,190 dollars. You’ve worked hard on your resume, and you really want someone to read it. The best way to get there is to have a killer cover letter. The sample cover letter below can help your craft your own letter that will make them want to meet you. If you’re in media and you’ve worked on a well known project, give yourself the credit you deserve without being arrogant. If you’re in the industrial sector, you know you can talk nuts and bolts and be understood.