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Working As A Research 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

  • $66,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Research 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 Research 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
Research Director 3.4 years
Research Manager 3.0 years
Research Leader 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.3%
Manager 3.4%
Analyst 3.0%
Consultant 3.0%
Fellow 2.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.0%
Manager 5.3%
Director 5.0%
President 3.8%
Principal 3.1%

Research Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

51.4%

Male

45.0%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

76.4%

Asian

11.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.4%

French

14.3%

Portuguese

5.4%

Hindi

4.9%

Mandarin

4.9%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Russian

3.0%

Japanese

2.5%

Gujarati

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Cantonese

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Irish

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Filipino

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Marathi

0.5%
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Research Manager Education

Schools

New York University

8.6%

University of Georgia

8.0%

Michigan State University

7.1%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Northeastern University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.2%

Cornell University

4.9%

Columbia University

4.9%

Boston University

4.6%

Syracuse University

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.3%

Northwestern University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Delaware

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

University of Rochester

3.7%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Georgetown University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

23.4%

Marketing

17.5%

Psychology

5.9%

Finance

5.4%

Management

4.7%

Sociology

4.7%

Communication

4.4%

Political Science

4.1%

Biology

3.8%

Chemistry

3.6%

Economics

3.5%

Nursing

2.8%

English

2.6%

Law

2.6%

Statistics

2.1%

History

2.1%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Public Health

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%

Experimental Psychology

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

41.4%

Bachelors

30.6%

Doctorate

10.9%

Other

10.5%

Certificate

3.9%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Research Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Science Manager Facebook, Inc. Redmond, WA Aug 16, 2016 $240,000
Quantitative Research Manager Mio Partners, Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $195,000
Gas & Power Research/Consulting Manager Wood MacKenzie Houston, TX Jan 10, 2015 $178,500
Research Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 14, 2016 $175,000 -
$195,000
Marketing Research Manager Rover Store, Inc. Chantilly, VA Oct 14, 2016 $155,459
Int'l Investment Research Mgr, Industrials (Invstmnt Analyst) Capital Research and Management Company New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $154,003 -
$393,600
Marketing Research Manager Rover Store, Inc. Chantilly, VA Dec 21, 2015 $152,152
Marketing and Research Manager Venturebeat Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 17, 2015 $140,920
Quant. Research and Analysis MGR, 2 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 15, 2015 $138,500
Research Manager Positron Research International Fremont, CA Dec 30, 2015 $135,655
Research Manager USPL Nutritionals, LLC. North Brunswick, NJ Oct 08, 2016 $133,931
Research Manager G&W Electric Company Bolingbrook, IL Jun 15, 2016 $130,000
Research Manager Comprehensive Health Insights, Inc. Louisville, KY Apr 15, 2016 $123,762
Solutions Design Research Manager Exel Inc. Westerville, OH Jan 07, 2016 $120,000
Analytics & Research Manager Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Wilmington, DE Sep 20, 2015 $95,000
Research Manager USPL Nutritionals LLC North Brunswick, NJ Sep 19, 2016 $92,000
Medical Research Manager North American Science Associates, Inc. Northwood, OH Jan 16, 2016 $91,312
Manager-Finance Research and Analytics Tractor Supply Company Brentwood, TN May 31, 2016 $90,000 -
$100,000
Manager, Research, Valuation and Advisory Services Altus Group Us Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 16, 2015 $90,000 -
$120,000
Manager-Finance Research and Analytics Tractor Supply Company Brentwood, TN Dec 23, 2015 $90,000 -
$100,000
Research Manager (Measurement & Instrumentation) Frost & Sullivan San Antonio, TX Apr 28, 2016 $89,387
Manager, TV Research Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Los Angeles, CA Jun 02, 2016 $75,000
Manager, TV Research Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Los Angeles, CA Sep 29, 2015 $75,000
Research Manager Gulf Coast Marine Life Center, Inc. Destin, FL Mar 20, 2015 $74,986
Research Manager Discovery Latin America, LLC Miami, FL Feb 09, 2015 $72,000 -
$82,000
Research Manager Consumer Insights The Hershey Company Hershey, PA Sep 03, 2015 $71,200 -
$147,800
Research Manager Markit North America, Inc. Naperville, IL Dec 30, 2015 $70,138 -
$95,000
Research Manager The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 01, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Research Manager

DataEntryMarketResearchProceduresFinancialEnsureComplianceDataCollectionResearchStudiesRegulatoryFocusGroupsNewProductDevelopmentDataAnalysisLaboratoryProjectManagementQualitativeResearchProjectsSuperviseCustomerSatisfactionResearchDepartmentPrimaryResearchRResearchFindings

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Top Research Manager Skills

  1. Data Entry
  2. Market Research
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work together with development and membership staff to ensure data entry of all donor and prospect details.
  • Performed annual review of all market research activities.
  • Streamlined data file management procedures while acting as project manager.
  • Compiled current/future investment target information, financial statements, broker analyst recommendations, and internal/external data resources.
  • Review siteinformed consents, and other documents to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

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