Scientific directors conduct research to further the knowledge and development of a particular scientific field. They head a single or multiple departments and act as their supervisor, among other responsibilities. Such directors work in both public and private sectors.
Some of the functions that they perform in this capacity include conducting research for their particular field, as well as implementing new initiatives. Moreover, they also oversee program operations including planning and evaluation, budgeting, and administrative supervision. Lastly, they are tasked with recommending improvements to the current scientific model and help implement new techniques. Essential skills that employers require in such individuals include leadership, communication, analytical, and administrative.
To qualify for this position, applicants will need a doctorate's degree along with senior-level research experience. As this is a senior position, the higher the credentials, the greater the chances of qualifying for it. The average hourly pay for this position is $46.14, which amounts to over $95,000 annually. The career is expected to grow in the near future and create new opportunities across the United States.