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Working As A Chief Science Officer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $186,818

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Science Officer Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Chief Science Officer

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Chief Science Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.3%

Female

33.6%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Asian

11.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

10.0%

Irish

6.7%

Romanian

6.7%

Greek

6.7%

Russian

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Igbo

3.3%

Yoruba

3.3%

Hebrew

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Shan

3.3%

Hausa

3.3%
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Chief Science Officer Education

Schools

The Academy

6.9%

Temple University

6.9%

University of Connecticut

6.9%

Harvard University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Capella University

6.9%

George Washington University

5.0%

University of Southern California

5.0%

University of Iowa

5.0%

Johns Hopkins University

5.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

University of Rhode Island

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

Northcentral University

4.0%

University of Virginia

4.0%

University of Chicago

4.0%

University of Alabama

3.0%
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Majors

Business

27.3%

Educational Leadership

7.4%

Management

6.1%

Psychology

5.2%

Political Science

5.0%

Marketing

5.0%

Education

4.7%

Human Resources Management

4.4%

Communication

4.1%

Law

3.6%

Biology

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.8%

Public Administration

2.8%

Economics

2.5%

English

2.5%

Mathematics

2.5%

Computer Science

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

33.4%

Bachelors

28.3%

Doctorate

16.9%

Other

14.7%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Chief Science Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professor/Chief Clinical Science Officer Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 21, 2013 $379,000
Chief Processes Officer Ports America, Inc. Iselin, NJ Sep 24, 2010 $350,000
Chief Underwriting Officer B Asset Manager LP New York, NY Apr 17, 2015 $350,000
Chief Underwriting Officer B Asset Manager LP New York, NY Aug 05, 2016 $350,000
Chief Strategic Officer Local Web IQ, LLC Tustin, CA Jun 15, 2012 $300,000
Chief People Officer White & Case LLP New York, NY Sep 03, 2013 $300,000 -
$600,000
Chief Underwriting Officer Zurich American Insurance Company New York, NY Jun 29, 2014 $290,000
Chief Analytics Officer Tibco Software, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Jan 10, 2016 $284,853
Chief Underwriting Officer Zurich American Insurance Company New York, NY Jul 18, 2012 $280,000
Chief Process Officer Ports America Group, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 29, 2013 $264,000 -
$451,100
Chief Underwriting Officer, Americas SCOR Reinsurance Company New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $250,000 -
$300,000
Chief People Officer LRN Corporation New York, NY Sep 20, 2013 $230,000
Chief Audit Officer Prudential Financial, Inc. Newark, NJ Sep 17, 2014 $180,000 -
$500,000
Chief Originations Officer UFT Commercial Finance, LLC Bannockburn, IL Apr 15, 2013 $180,000
Chief Strategic Officer Instituto de Banca y Comercio, Inc. Guaynabo, PR Aug 12, 2016 $180,000
Chief Audit Officer Prudential Insurance Company of America Newark, NJ Sep 17, 2014 $180,000 -
$500,000
Chief Talent Officer Mslgroup Americas, Inc. New York, NY Apr 21, 2016 $175,000 -
$250,000
Chief Alliance Officer Pulse Tracer, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $148,574 -
$185,890
Chief Research Officer River Birch Research Alliance Blue Ridge, GA Aug 02, 2010 $130,000
Chief Tunneling Officer Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA, Inc. Sumner, WA Mar 05, 2015 $129,938
Chief Process Officer Littler Mendelson P.C. Chicago, IL Oct 17, 2013 $125,715 -
$141,669
Chief Process Officer Littler Mendelson P.C. Chicago, IL Oct 24, 2013 $125,715 -
$141,669
Chief Science Officer Coldlogix, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2014 $125,000
Chief Production Officer Consolidated Shoe Company, Inc. Lynchburg, VA Sep 01, 2015 $125,000
Chief Research Officer Astus Medical Manufacturing, LLC Madison, WI Sep 12, 2015 $120,000

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  1. Compliance
  2. Business Strategy
  3. Procedures
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  • Worked with a new cancer drug development company to develop a business strategy and secure initial state and investor funding.
  • Developed and implemented operational procedures with civil aeronautical authorities to ensure safe and effective civil and military air operations.
  • Planned voyage scheduling and navigation, maintaining equipment and radio communications.
  • Advised the Superintendent on academic policy, legislative matters, and budget issues.

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