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Natural Sciences Manager

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Natural Sciences Managers Career Video

About This Career

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Hires, supervises, or evaluates engineers, technicians, researchers, or other staff.
  • Designs or coordinates successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, or testing.
  • Plans or directs research, development, or production activities.
  • Reviews project activities and prepares and reviews research, testing, or operational reports.
  • Confers with scientists, engineers, regulators, or others to plan or review projects or to provide technical assistance.
  • Develops client relationships and communicates with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications, or discuss project status.
  • Determines scientific or technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management and makes detailed plans to accomplish these goals.
  • Prepares project proposals.
  • Develops or implements policies, standards, or procedures for the architectural, scientific, or technical work performed to ensure regulatory compliance or operations enhancement.
  • Recruits personnel or oversees the development or maintenance of staff competence.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Lab Manager (Laboratory Manager)
  • Research Administrator
  • Research and Development Director (R and D Director)
  • Research Manager
  • Water Team Leader


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