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Science Manager

Overview and Key Facts

scientist and manager
Education
Education
Bachelor's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
$137,900
Job Growth
Job Growth
5.90%
(Above US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
83,400

What Do They Do?

A science manager could...

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Some of the biggest questions in science—like how to cure cancers or how to control global warming—require large teams of scientists to answer. Science managers work to coordinate and direct the research of these teams to ensure collaboration among the scientists and effective use of equipment and resources.
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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Science Manager might 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.
  • Determine scientific or technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.
  • Develop or implement policies, standards, or procedures for the architectural, scientific, or technical work performed to ensure regulatory compliance or operations enhancement.
  • 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.
  • Conduct own research in field of expertise.
  • Prepare and administer budgets, approve and review expenditures, and prepare financial reports.
  • Make presentations at professional meetings to further knowledge in the field.
  • Develop innovative technology or train staff for its implementation.

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