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Working As A Microbiology 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Microbiology Laboratory Manager Do

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

Duties

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (for example, biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with suppliers of equipment and materials.

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How To Become A Microbiology 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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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Manager 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Microbiology Laboratory Manager
Supervisor 2.7%
Top Careers After Microbiology Laboratory Manager
Consultant 12.2%
Manager 4.4%

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Microbiology Laboratory Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

48.3%

Male

39.7%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

9.9%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Microbiology Laboratory Manager Education

Schools

Iowa State University

8.3%

Western Illinois University

6.3%

National Louis University

6.3%

Long Island University - C W Post Campus

6.3%

Indiana State University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Weber State University

6.3%

University of Florida

4.2%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

Northern Arizona University

4.2%

Marywood University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Northern Kentucky University

4.2%

University of Montana

4.2%

Brandeis University

4.2%

Brigham Young University

4.2%

Christian Brothers University

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.2%

University of Virginia

4.2%
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Majors

Biology

28.7%

Microbiology

24.2%

Food Science

6.2%

Business

5.6%

Medical Technician

3.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.9%

Chemistry

3.4%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.8%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

2.8%

Public Health

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%

Nursing

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Nursing Assistants

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

39.4%

Bachelors

37.5%

Doctorate

9.3%

Other

8.3%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$37,000
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Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Microbiology Laboratory Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Microbiology Laboratory Manager in the United States is $74,568 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000.

Real Microbiology Laboratory Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager Microbiology Labratory Vetter Development Services USA, Inc. Skokie, IL Sep 07, 2016 $111,111
Manager Microbiology Laboratory Vetter Development Services USA, Inc. Skokie, IL Sep 07, 2016 $111,111
Microbiology Laboratory Manager Shuster Laboratories Inc. Canton, MA Jul 03, 2011 $88,000
Microbiology Laboratory Manager Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC Nov 25, 2012 $83,013
Microbiology Manager Temple University Health System Philadelphia, PA Apr 01, 2013 $76,000
Microbiology Laboratory Manager Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC Nov 25, 2009 $67,412 -
$106,766
Microbiology Laboratory Manager Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC Nov 24, 2009 $67,412 -
$106,766
Microbiology Lab Manager EMSL Analytical, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Mar 19, 2015 $65,000
Microbiology Lab Manager Alliant Food Safety Labs, LLC Farmington, CT Jul 14, 2014 $55,286
Veterinary Microbiology Lab Manager Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK Aug 28, 2013 $48,000 -
$55,000

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Top Skills for A Microbiology Laboratory Manager

  1. Microbiology
  2. Laboratory Procedures
  3. Regulatory Requirements
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  • Ensured internal and external audits, and regulatory observations associated with microbiology were adequately addressed and completed on schedule.
  • Perform SOP revisions that enhance microbiology laboratory procedures.
  • Maintain clinical operations in accordance with CLIA/CAP/NYS regulatory requirements.
  • Provided daily guidance for FDA validation protocols and microbiological work activities.
  • Author, execute and support validations for analytical methods, cleaning, new equipment, spreadsheets and media fills.

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