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Natural Sciences Managers

Also called: Environmental Program Manager, Natural Science Manager, Senior Investigator, Water Team Leader

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with scientists, engineers, regulators, or others to plan or review projects or to provide technical assistance.
  • Develop client relationships and communicate with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications, or discuss project status.
  • Plan or direct research, development, or production activities.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology
Safety and Government
  • law and government


Basic Skills
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Graphics software
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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