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Become A Laboratory Manager

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Working As A Laboratory Manager

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Make Decisions

  • $60,588

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Manager Do

A Laboratory Manager is responsible for planning and implementing the overall laboratory policies, procedures, and services for a unit and/or shift. They also maintain medical laboratory staff through recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.

How To Become A Laboratory Manager

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.

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Laboratory Manager Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    55.4%
  • Female

    40.9%
  • Unknown

    3.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.7%
  • Asian

    10.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Unknown

    2.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    45.4%
  • French

    9.4%
  • German

    6.5%
  • Chinese

    5.5%
  • Mandarin

    5.2%
  • Arabic

    3.5%
  • Korean

    3.0%
  • Russian

    3.0%
  • Japanese

    2.7%
  • Hindi

    2.2%
  • Cantonese

    2.0%
  • Portuguese

    2.0%
  • Italian

    1.7%
  • Carrier

    1.2%
  • Hebrew

    1.2%
  • Urdu

    1.2%
  • Polish

    1.2%
  • Indonesian

    1.0%
  • Turkish

    1.0%
  • Serbian

    1.0%
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Real Laboratory Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Architect Lab Manager Ahead, LLC Chicago, IL Apr 21, 2016 $175,000
Analytics Lab Manager Deloitte LLP Los Angeles, CA Feb 22, 2016 $151,400
Analytics Lab Manager Deloitte LLP Chicago, IL Feb 22, 2016 $151,400
Emc/Rf Compliance Lab Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 22, 2016 $137,660
Quality and Lab Manager Secop Inc. Roswell, GA Apr 18, 2016 $137,072
Laboratory Manager Avella of Deer Valley, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Apr 19, 2016 $135,949
Laboratory Manager Avella of Deer Valley, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 12, 2016 $135,949
Associate Crash Lab Manager Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 11, 2015 $135,000 -
$145,000
UCC Laboratory Manager Orange Business Services U.S., Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2015 $130,000
Life Science Services Biochemistry Laboratory Manager SGS North America, Inc. Carson, CA Jan 21, 2016 $126,402
Life Science Services Biochemistry Laboratory Manager SGS North America Inc. Carson, CA May 27, 2016 $126,402
Laboratory Manager Allure Cosmetic, Inc. DBA Allure Labs, Inc. Hayward, CA Jan 28, 2016 $124,550 -
$134,550
Laboratory Manager Intertek USA Inc. Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $124,440
Laboratory Manager Schlumberger Technology Corporation Salt Lake City, UT Aug 09, 2016 $98,000
Laboratory Manager Syntech (SSPF) Int'l., Inc. Montclair, CA Mar 18, 2016 $97,490
Lab Manager Leidos, Inc. McLean, VA Aug 25, 2016 $93,704 -
$100,000
Laboratory Manager Integramed Medical Connecticut, LLC Trumbull, CT Sep 20, 2015 $93,101 -
$113,101
Metabolomics Lab Manager Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Mar 01, 2015 $90,388
EEG Lab Manager New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY May 23, 2016 $89,000
EEG Lab Manager New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $89,000
Enterprise Lab Manager-Americas Services Labs Nice Systems, Inc. Paramus, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $88,000
Laboratory Manager Valley County Hospital Ord, NE Oct 20, 2016 $66,784
Lab Manager II Florida International University Miami, FL Aug 29, 2016 $65,803
Laboratory Manager The University of Chicago Chicago, IL May 24, 2015 $64,990
Laboratory Manager Brown University Providence, RI Aug 27, 2016 $64,298
Lab Manager The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Nov 07, 2016 $62,500
Aquatic Sciences Laboratory Manager EMSL Analytical, Inc. Cinnaminson, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $62,424

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Manager

LabEquipmentLabProceduresLabSafetyRegulatoryComplianceChemistryAnalyticalCustomerServiceLabOperationsCellSuperviseLabTechniciansDailyOperationsOshaLabSuppliesCliaLabPersonnelISOLabStaffHematologyMicrobiology

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Top Laboratory Manager Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Lab Procedures
  3. Lab Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain lab equipment schedule and utilization tracking report.
  • Hired and provided ongoing training to 10-12 lab assistants regarding computer software, hardware and lab procedures.
  • Performed multiple daily inspections of lab safety and environment.
  • Reviewed and setup for FDA regulatory compliance requirements in equipment calibration and maintenance.
  • Administer daily operation of the laboratories and ensure the safety of both wet chemistry and instrument labs

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