Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.
Natural sciences managers spend most of their time in offices, but they also may spend time in laboratories. Most natural sciences managers work full time.
Natural sciences managers need at least a bachelor's degree in a natural science or a related field. Most natural sciences managers work as scientists before becoming managers.
The median annual wage for natural sciences managers was $120,160 in May 2015.
Employment of natural sciences managers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth should be affected by many of the same factors that affect employment growth for the scientists whom these managers supervise.
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