In Chapter 4, I described some of the pressures that a supervisor typically has to deal with. Let’s look at this issue in more detail, from both the positive and the negative sides, so that you can decide whether management is right for you.
There are a number of reasons why people go into management. They include, but are not limited to, advancement, power, becoming part of the management team, and the ability to make a difference. Let’s look at each of these reasons.
As far as advancement is concerned, there is no question that going into management will advance your career, as long as you do a good job. While I have seen a few isolated instances where a supervisor had the same pay grade as his subordinates, that is very unusual. Managers are typically paid at a higher rate than the people they supervise because it is more difficult to manage people than to carry out a discrete job. In addition, managers invariably have more responsibility than their subordinates because they are responsible for the work of the entire unit they supervise.
In my particular situation, I joined the federal government when I was 23 years old as a grade GS-5. In three years I rose to a GS-11; two