Natural Sciences Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

It is also Called

  • Agricultural Research Director
  • Agriculture Research Director
  • Chemical Laboratory Chief
  • Chemical Plant Technical Director
  • Development Associate
  • Development Coordinator
  • Director of Research and Development
  • Environmental Program Manager
  • Environmental Research Project Manager
  • Fisheries Director
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What They Do

  • Confer with scientists, engineers, regulators, or others to plan or review projects or to provide technical assistance.
  • Develop client relationships and communicate with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications, or discuss project status.
  • Plan or direct research, development, or production activities.
  • Review project activities and prepare and review research, testing, or operational reports.
  • Develop or implement policies, standards, or procedures for the architectural, scientific, or technical work performed to ensure regulatory compliance or operations enhancement.
  • Determine scientific or technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.
  • Design or coordinate successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, or testing.
  • Hire, supervise, or evaluate engineers, technicians, researchers, or other staff.
  • Recruit personnel or oversee the development or maintenance of staff competence.
  • Prepare project proposals.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $133,450 with most people making between $74,440 and $203,110

Outlook

0.26%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,140 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 1,170 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 3 openings due to growth and about 27 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.

Education & Training

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Gold certificate

Skill Level
Reading for Information5
Observation4
Applied Mathematics4
Teamwork4
Locating Information4
Applied Technology3
Writing3
Listening3