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Natural Sciences Managers

Natural Sciences Managers
Quick Facts : Natural Sciences Managers*
2010 Median Pay$116,020
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201249,300
Job Outlook8% (Slower than average)
Employment Change3,800

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They plan and direct research and development projects and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

What Natural Sciences Managers Do

  • Work with top executives to determine scientific and technical goals of research and development and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, engineers, technicians, and other staff
  • Review the accuracy of their staff's work and the soundness of the methods the staff uses
  • Monitor the progress of projects and prepare and review research, testing, and operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff

Work Environment

Natural sciences managers spend most of their time in offices, but they also may spend time in laboratories. Most natural sciences managers work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of natural sciences managers is projected to grow by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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The average salary of natural sciences managers was $116,020 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Natural Sciences Managers

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. degree in a scientific discipline or a related field such as engineering.
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