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Working As A Resource Specialist

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Resource Specialist 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 Resource Specialist

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
Specialist 2.6 years
Support Specialist 2.4 years
Living Specialist 2.4 years
Family Specialist 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Resource Specialist
Internship 11.6%
Teacher 7.8%
Cashier 5.3%
Volunteer 4.7%
Specialist 2.9%
Counselor 2.8%
Top Careers After Resource Specialist
Case Manager 10.0%
Teacher 7.5%
Internship 5.4%
Volunteer 4.5%
Consultant 4.3%
Cashier 4.0%
Manager 3.4%
Educator 3.4%
Supervisor 3.0%
Therapist 3.0%

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Resource Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

64.2%

Male

24.1%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

French

8.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Mandarin

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

German

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Somali

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Swahili

0.3%

Aleut

0.3%

Cherokee

0.3%

Hindi

0.3%

Hmong

0.3%
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Resource Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.5%

Capella University

6.1%

National University

6.0%

Walden University

5.4%

Liberty University

5.1%

University of South Florida

4.8%

Strayer University

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Ashford University

3.3%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

California University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

University of Southern Indiana

2.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%

Northern Illinois University

2.8%

Florida State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

19.6%

Social Work

11.4%

Psychology

10.3%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Education

5.3%

Special Education

4.7%

Human Services

4.3%

Nursing

4.1%

Elementary Education

3.8%

Sociology

3.6%

Communication

3.3%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Educational Leadership

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.7%

School Counseling

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Mental Health Counseling

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

31.3%

Other

15.2%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Resource Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Resource Specialist in the United States is $48,919 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Resource Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Resource Specialist Themesoft, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 28, 2016 $93,915 -
$114,785
Information Resource Specialist Tiger Asia Management, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $90,000
Resource Specialist Sunnyvale School District Sunnyvale, CA Dec 08, 2015 $87,462
Wind Resource Specialist ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 09, 2016 $86,145
Global Enterprise Resource Specialist Vegas Tunnel Constructors Boulder City, NV Jul 23, 2015 $83,485
Solar Resource Specialist ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. Andover, MA Jul 25, 2016 $83,000
Resource Specialist Sunnyvale School District Sunnyvale, CA Jul 01, 2014 $82,532
Wind Resource Specialist ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 08, 2015 $82,000
Resource Specialist Sunnyvale School District Sunnyvale, CA Aug 01, 2015 $77,769
Information Resource Specialist The University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS Sep 24, 2013 $76,300
Resource Specialist Mt. Diablo Unified School District Concord, CA Aug 26, 2014 $74,219
Technical Resource Specialist SRS Consulting Inc. Fremont, CA Jun 25, 2015 $74,000
Resource Specialist Mt. Diablo Unified School District Pleasant Hill, CA Sep 06, 2014 $69,193
Air Resources Specialist Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2011 $65,160 -
$87,324
Resource Management Specialist Auritas LLC Sanford, FL Sep 01, 2015 $65,000
Special Education  Resource Specialist Palo Verde Unified School District Blythe, CA Sep 21, 2015 $64,621
Air Resources Specialist California Air Resources Board Sacramento, CA Sep 05, 2015 $60,408
Corporate Resource Specialist Scadea Solutions Inc. Somerset, NJ Aug 23, 2016 $60,000
Resource Specialist Mt. Diablo Unified School District Pleasant Hill, CA Sep 06, 2011 $59,792
Information Resource Specialist Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX Jun 15, 2012 $54,000
Resource Specialist Lodi Unified School District Stockton, CA Oct 31, 2013 $53,944
Production Resource Specialist The Hanor Company of Wisconsin NC Dec 14, 2015 $53,789
Information Resource Specialist/Software Engineer The University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS Sep 29, 2013 $53,560
Information Resources Specialist Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX Jun 02, 2010 $53,000
Production Resource Specialist The Hanor Company of Wisconsin LLC NC Sep 30, 2015 $52,562
Resource Specialist Sunnyvale School District Sunnyvale, CA Jun 10, 2015 $52,166 -
$94,375

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Top Skills for A Resource Specialist

  1. Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Child Care
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  • Provided administrative and other support with end-of-day closing procedures including shutting down of all technical equipment.
  • Monitored customer service staffing adherence and call volume delivery as compared to forecast assumptions.
  • Managed caseload for Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Certification Program.
  • Volunteered, coordinated speaking engagements and planned community outreach events.
  • Coordinated and facilitated institution wide annual Adopt-a-Patient/Family Program, which provides financial assistance to patients/families during the holidays.

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