Natural Sciences Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

It is also Called

  • Wild Life Manager
  • Water Team Leader
  • Senior Scientist
  • Senior Investigator
  • Research Manager
  • Research Director
  • Research Development Manager
  • Research Development Director
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research and Development Director
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What They Do

  • Advise or assist in obtaining patents or meeting other legal requirements.
  • Provide for stewardship of plant or animal resources or habitats, studying land use, monitoring animal populations, or providing shelter, resources, or medical treatment for animals.
  • Develop innovative technology or train staff for its implementation.
  • Make presentations at professional meetings to further knowledge in the field.
  • Prepare and administer budgets, approve and review expenditures, and prepare financial reports.
  • Conduct own research in field of expertise.
  • Prepare project proposals.
  • Recruit personnel or oversee the development or maintenance of staff competence.
  • Design or coordinate successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, or testing.
  • Hire, supervise, or evaluate engineers, technicians, researchers, or other staff.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

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In 2014, the average annual wage in United States was $136,450


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 51,600 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 54,500 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 290 openings due to growth and about 1,080 replacement openings for approximately 1,370 total annual openings.

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