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Natural Sciences Managers

Also called: Chemical Process Exploration Manager, Environmental Program Manager, Natural Sciences Manager, Research and Development Director (R and D Director)

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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:
  • Hire, supervise, or evaluate engineers, technicians, researchers, or other staff.
  • Design or coordinate successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, or testing.
  • Plan or direct research, development, or production activities.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management
  • administrative services
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
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
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

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

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$137,940
$71,400
$208,000+

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