Natural Sciences Manager
Natural Science Managers are professionals supervising the work of scientists in different fields of
science like physics, chemistry and biology, lab technicians and other such personnel working in a lab or
research facility. They are responsible for coordinating and directing different activities related to
research and development like testing, production, quality check, etc.
While working on projects, natural science manager keep different activities in sync. They work in
coordination with the higher management, financial and market suppliers, etc. At times, Natural Science
Manager work for long hours in laboratories or offices in order to complete projects before deadlines.
Natural Science Manager generally have bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in STEM related
field under their belt. Some managers also pursue an advance management degree like PSM
(Professional Science Master’s) degree in order to add brownie points to their portfolio.
In recent times, new innovations can be witnessed every other day and hence career as a Natural
Science Manager can be a good choice. Not to forget that the salary in this field is very lucrative. The
Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that Natural Science Manager jobs can witness a growth of 6 percent
for the decade 2018-28, which is at par with other occupations.
The only downside of this career is that candidates are often required to have years of experience
working as a scientist before they can take up the more lucrative management positions.
Job profile and responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of a Natural Science Manager depends on factors like the field of science
which they belong, the industry in which they are working and the type of research projects in which
they are involved. Some general duties and responsibilities of a Natural Science Manager are preparing
and presenting new project proposals, completing financial reports, reviewing the work done by
employees,etc. There are different job profiles in this field, some of them are:
Working Manager – Generally they are former scientists who have turned into managers
overseeing the work of others. They mostly have a smaller staff which gives th the flexibility of
conducting their own research while carrying out their administrative duties. Hence such
managers can either conduct their own research or oversee others, or do both.
Laboratory Manager – Laboratory Managers are responsible for maintaining supplies at the
laboratory so that the scientists do not encounter any problem while conducting important tests
Countries with a strong presence in research and development are the best places to pursue a career in
Natural Science Management. Below is a list of such countries:
1. United States
5. United Kingdom
Some of the top companies for working as a Natural Science Manager are:
Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Neurophage Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Noble Energy Inc.
Exxonmobil Development Company
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Natural Science Manager is a relatively well paid position in a company. In the United States, an entry
level candidate can get a salary of more than $100,000 per annum and over the years with sufficient
work experience can go as high as $250,00 per annum.