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Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).Education
Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed.
Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.
Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.
Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.
Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.
Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.
Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.
Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Clinical Project Manager III||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC||South San Francisco, CA||Jul 14, 2014||$222,560|
|Clinical Project Manager III||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC||Menlo Park, CA||Jul 14, 2014||$222,560|
|Clinical Faculty, PM&R and Palliative Care||William Beaumont Hospital||Royal Oak, MI||Oct 15, 2015||$180,000|
|Clinical Project Manager||Akros Pharma Inc.||Princeton, NJ||May 27, 2015||$177,258|
|Clinical Informatics Project Manager||Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanf||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 31, 2014||$160,472|
|CRD Senior Clinical Project Manager||Quintiles, Inc.||Durham, NC||Nov 22, 2016||$153,566|
|Clinical Project Manager II||Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.||Frederick, MD||Aug 07, 2016||$151,133|
|Associate Director, Clinical Project Manager||Pfizer Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 04, 2011||$146,800|
|Clinical Project Manager||Integrated Resources, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Aug 31, 2016||$143,250|
|Clinical Research Project Manager||ACRO Service Corp||Chesterbrook, PA||Sep 11, 2015||$142,480|
|Clinical Research Project Manager||ACRO Service Corporation||Wayne, PA||Sep 20, 2016||$142,480|
|Clinical Research Project Manager||ACRO Service Corporation||Livonia, MI||Dec 09, 2016||$142,480|
|Clinical Research Project Manager||ACRO Service Corporation||Wayne, PA||Dec 09, 2016||$142,480|
|Clinical Project Manager (CPM)||Baxter Healthcare Corporation||Cambridge, MA||Jan 12, 2015||$118,000|
|Clinical Project Manager||Cardiovascular Research Foundation||New York, NY||Dec 09, 2016||$115,000|
|Clinical Trials Project Manager||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center||Seattle, WA||Nov 30, 2015||$114,954|
|Clinical Project Manager||Eastern Virginia Medical School||Arlington, VA||Jan 12, 2016||$114,905|
|Clinical Project Manager||Eastern Virginia Medical School||Arlington, VA||Aug 12, 2016||$114,905|
|Clinical Trials Project Manager||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center||Seattle, WA||Oct 01, 2014||$110,004|
|Clinical Project Manager||Replenish, Inc.||Pasadena, CA||Aug 25, 2014||$110,000 -
|Clinical Trials Project Manager||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center||Seattle, WA||May 22, 2015||$109,637|
|Clinical Project Manager||Integrated Resources, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Nov 09, 2015||$93,915|
|Clinical Project Manager||Integrated Resources, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 11, 2015||$93,915|
|Clinical Project Manager||Integrated Resources, Inc.||Kenilworth, NJ||Nov 04, 2009||$93,498|
|Crimson Clinical Project Manager||Methodist Health System||Dallas, TX||Apr 18, 2014||$92,019|
|Clinical Database Services Project Manager||Accenture LLP||Florham Park, NJ||Aug 05, 2015||$90,000|
|Clinical Database Services Project Manager||Accenture LLP||Lansdale, PA||Aug 05, 2015||$90,000|
|Statistician/Clinical Project Manager||Libra Medical, Inc.||Brooklyn Park, MN||Oct 01, 2013||$90,000|
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