What is the difference between a foreman and a supervisor?


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The foreman is the person who oversees work and ensures that it is done to the plan and guidelines, whereas the supervisor is a middle-line level manager who supervises the team, including the foreman, but has no direct control over production. Each of these professionals has several different career paths and opportunities.

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The foreman must report to the supervisor as the supervisor is higher in the hierarchy, and while their job backgrounds may require overlapping experience, they require different sets of skills. Supervisors have many different opportunities later in their careers in a wide array of management positions including as sales or maintenance supervisors. Foremen will have different opportunities within construction and manufacturing firms.

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