Also known as Environmental Program Manager, Laboratory Manager, Natural Science Manager, Research and Development Director, Research Manager, Water Team Leader
Also known as Environmental Program Manager, Laboratory Manager, Natural Science Manager
Natural Science Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Natural Science Managers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Natural Science Managers. More generally, Natural Science Managers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Natural Science Manager is $137,940, and the average salary is $154,930. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Natural Science Manager salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Natural Science Managers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Natural Science Managers earn less than $71,400 per year, 25% earn less than $101,750, 75% earn less than $0, and 90% earn more than $208,000.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Natural Science Managers is expected to change by 5.7%, and there should be roughly 6,000 open positions for Natural Science Managers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Natural Science Manager are usually higher in their Enterprising and Investigative interests.
Natural Science Managers typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Natural Science Managers typically have strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Natural Science Manager tend to value Independence, Working Conditions, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Natural Science Managers very strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Natural Science Managers very strongly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Natural Science Managers strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Natural Science Managers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, attention to detail, and persistence.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Natural Science Managers, ranked by importance:
Many Natural Science Managers have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Natural Science Managers may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Natural Science Managers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as biology, administration and management, or computers and electronics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Natural Science Managers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Natural Science Managers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Natural Science Managers need abilities such as written comprehension, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Natural Science Managers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Natural Science Managers frequently use skills like science, reading comprehension, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Natural Science Managers, ranked by their relative importance.
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