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Working As A Chief Scientific 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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Scientific 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 Scientific 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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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$165,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
California Institute of the Arts
Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Chief Scientific Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chief Scientific Officer in the United States is $82,599 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $165,000.

Real Chief Scientific Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Scientific Officer Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida Corp Port Saint Lucie, FL Apr 23, 2012 $367,710
Chief Scientific Officer IRX Therapeutics, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2012 $325,000
Chief Scientific Officer Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute Torrance, CA Aug 22, 2016 $315,800
Chief Scientific Officer 3-V Biosciences, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 20, 2009 $310,354
Chief Scientific Officer 3-V Biosciences, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 05, 2009 $310,354
Chief Scientific Officer, Immunology and Inflammation Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 19, 2015 $300,000 -
$450,000
Chief Scientific Officer, Immunology and Inflammation Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 03, 2015 $300,000 -
$450,000
Chief Scientific Officer Integrated Diagnostics Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2012 $300,000 -
$399,000
Chief Scientific Officer, Immunology and Inflammation Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 02, 2015 $300,000 -
$450,000
Chief Scientific Officer Abvitro, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 11, 2015 $255,000
Chief Scientific Officer Immusant, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 01, 2015 $250,000
President and Chief Scientific Officer Children's Tumor Foundation New York, NY Feb 06, 2015 $250,000
Chief Scientific Officer Aortech Medical Devices (USA), Inc. Rogers, MN Aug 01, 2011 $212,067
Chief Scientific Officer Aortech Medical Devices (USA), Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Aug 01, 2011 $212,067
Chief Scientific Officer IRX Therapeutics, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2009 $187,491 -
$325,000
Chief Scientific Officer Hotspur Technologies, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 20, 2010 $185,000
Chief Scientific Officer Ostial Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 31, 2011 $185,000
Chief Scientific Officer Targeted Therapy Technologies LLC Irvine, CA Sep 01, 2014 $180,353
Chief Scientific Officer Fluorotronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 03, 2009 $149,094
Chief Scientific Officer/Ceo Cenix Bioscience USA, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 01, 2012 $146,474
Chief Scientific Officer Pathogenica, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 01, 2011 $136,699
Chief Scientific Officer Pathogenica, Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 01, 2011 $136,699
Chief Scientific Officer OSR Holding Corp South Plainfield, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $136,000
Chief Scientific Officer Abvitro, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 06, 2012 $130,000 -
$160,000
Chief Scientific Officer Abvitro, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 11, 2012 $130,000 -
$160,000
President and Chief Scientific Officer Medistem Laboratories, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 28, 2012 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Scientific Officer

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  2. Biology
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  • Developed a natural health approach based upon cellular intelligence and the principles of Restoration Biology.
  • Manage and guide Research and development department to develop novel synthetic pathways in the field of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry applications.
  • Submitted an invention disclosure for 3-D cell culture technologies developed collaboratively.
  • Conducted clinical trials for measuring arterial pulse waveforms with applanation tonometry technique.
  • Conducted extensive business development efforts, including creation/presentation of white papers, product demonstrations, and trade show exhibits.

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Top 10 Best States for Chief Scientific Officers

  1. Massachusetts
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  3. Delaware
  4. Louisiana
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Colorado
  8. Alabama
  9. North Carolina
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Chief Scientific Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.4%

Female

22.9%

Unknown

13.7%
Ethnicity

White

44.7%

Asian

24.2%

Unknown

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Black or African American

9.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

17.6%

Chinese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Bengali

11.8%

Urdu

11.8%

Norwegian

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Dutch

5.9%

Polish

5.9%
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Chief Scientific Officer Education

Schools

University of South Florida

7.0%

University of Kentucky

7.0%

Indiana Institute of Technology

7.0%

University of Florida

5.6%

University of California - San Diego

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

University of Iowa

5.6%

Yale University

5.6%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.2%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.2%

Rice University

2.8%
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Majors

Chemistry

18.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

17.2%

Microbiology

7.6%

Business

6.9%

Pharmacy

5.4%

Biology

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Genetics

3.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.6%

Pharmacology

3.6%

Medicine

3.0%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Chemical Engineering

2.7%

Physics

2.7%

Public Health

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Biotechnology

2.1%

Computer Science

1.8%

Botany

1.8%
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Degrees

Doctorate

47.8%

Masters

26.6%

Other

13.4%

Bachelors

7.8%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

1.0%

Diploma

0.8%
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