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Working As A Natural Science 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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Natural Science 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 Natural Science 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 Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
Salt Lake City, UT
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Natural Science Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Natural Science Manager in the United States is $79,193 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Natural Science Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Natural Sciences Managers Bristol Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Jun 09, 2014 $247,450
Natural Sciences Managers Neurophage Pharmaceuticals Inc. Cambridge, MA Nov 07, 2013 $240,000
Natural Sciences Managers Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Florham Park, NJ May 22, 2013 $235,000
Natural Sciences Managers Noble Energy Inc. Houston, TX Mar 11, 2014 $233,000
Natural Sciences Managers Halo Pharmaceutical Inc. NJ Apr 09, 2014 $226,574
Natural Sciences Managers Statoil Gulf Services LLC Houston, TX Feb 26, 2014 $213,000
Natural Sciences Managers Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Jan 25, 2013 $210,000
Natural Sciences Managers Exxonmobil Development Company Houston, TX May 01, 2014 $209,500 -
$238,400
Natural Sciences Managers North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Manhasset, NY Sep 22, 2014 $201,323
Natural Sciences Managers Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Jan 14, 2014 $200,900
Natural Sciences Managers Baxter Healthcare Corporation Westlake Village, CA May 15, 2014 $200,000 -
$300,000
Natural Sciences Managers Inventiv Health Clinical SRN, LLC Chicago, IL May 16, 2014 $197,600
Natural Sciences Managers Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jan 03, 2014 $195,686
Natural Sciences Managers Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Houston, TX Apr 03, 2014 $195,686 -
$326,000
Natural Sciences Managers Verified Carbon Standard Association Washington, DC Mar 07, 2014 $156,000
Natural Sciences Managers Quintiles, Inc. Durham, NC Apr 15, 2013 $154,307 -
$196,785
Natural Sciences Managers Eurofins Medinet LLC Chantilly, VA Feb 28, 2014 $154,190 -
$265,000
Natural Sciences Managers Sciegen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Apr 03, 2014 $153,500
Natural Sciences Managers Iba Molecular North America Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA May 08, 2014 $153,000 -
$166,000
Natural Sciences Managers WCCT Global LLC Cypress, CA Apr 16, 2013 $151,840
Natural Sciences Managers Genentech South San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2013 $150,394
Natural Sciences Managers Capital One Services, LLC McLean, VA Sep 22, 2014 $150,000 -
$208,900
Natural Sciences Managers Lancetti DBA Oxygendevelopment, LLC Palm Springs, FL Nov 01, 2013 $124,200
Natural Sciences Managers Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 06, 2013 $123,698
Natural Sciences Managers Atrium Medical Hudson, NH Mar 11, 2014 $123,600
Natural Sciences Managers Ion Geophysical Corporation Houston, TX Jul 03, 2014 $122,155
Natural Sciences Managers Asentech LLC Princeton, NJ May 19, 2014 $122,054
Natural Sciences Managers Ion Geophysical Corporation Houston, TX Jun 19, 2014 $120,619
Natural Sciences Managers Swarn Inc., D/B/A Tech Observer Hackensack, NJ Feb 06, 2014 $120,058
Natural Sciences Managers Optafuel Tobacco Region, LLC Norton, VA Jun 03, 2014 $119,434

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Top 10 Best States for Natural Science Managers

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  2. Washington
  3. California
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. North Carolina
  7. Connecticut
  8. Colorado
  9. Pennsylvania
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Natural Science Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

47.2%

Male

45.3%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

8.9%

Black or African American

6.9%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Afrikaans

100.0%

Natural Science Manager Education

Schools

San Diego State University

9.5%

University of Northern Iowa

4.8%

University of California - Merced

4.8%

Florida Technical College

4.8%

Olivet College

4.8%

University of Kansas

4.8%

Paul Mitchell-The School

4.8%

North Dakota State University -

4.8%

Blinn College

4.8%

University of Northern Colorado

4.8%

Daytona College

4.8%

Community College of Denver

4.8%

Lakeshore Technical College

4.8%

Texas State University

4.8%

Yavapai College

4.8%

Glendale Community College

4.8%

Baker College

4.8%

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

4.8%

Kent State University

4.8%

Oklahoma State University

4.8%
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Majors

Psychology

12.1%

Business

9.1%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

6.1%

English

6.1%

Biology

6.1%

Cosmetology

6.1%

Health Care Administration

6.1%

Health And Wellness

6.1%

Environmental Science

6.1%

Graphic Design

6.1%

International Business

3.0%

School Counseling

3.0%

Natural Resources Management

3.0%

Microbiology

3.0%

Pharmacy

3.0%

Political Science

3.0%

Graphic Communications

3.0%

Hospitality Management

3.0%

Finance

3.0%

Fine Arts

3.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

29.1%

Masters

9.1%

Doctorate

9.1%

Certificate

7.3%

Associate

7.3%

License

1.8%

Diploma

1.8%
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