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Natural Sciences Managers

Also called: Natural Science Manager, Water Team Leader, Fisheries Director, Health Sciences Manager

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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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
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
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

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

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$116,840
per year, on average
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