What is a Science Manager?
A science manager oversees the work of physicists, scientists biologist, and chemists. They direct activities related to research and development, coordinate production, testing, and quality control. These managers ensure the laboratories are properly stocked with supplies and equipment.
They also work with higher levels of management like production, financial, and marketing specialists and work with equipment and materials suppliers. Natural science managers spend lots of time in offices and some of their time in laboratories on a full-time basis.
How to Become a Science Manager
A natural science manager has typically begun their career as a scientist. Therefore, one would already have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or related field, such as engineering.
They must have scientific and technical knowledge in order to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. A new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills like policy, communications, and program management.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA) is available for those interested in gaining general management skills. A natural science manager sometimes study psychology or other management related field to begin this occupation. Advancing to management positions usually comes after a number of years working as a scientist.
Job Description of a Science Manager
The duties of a natural science manager is to direct scientific research and direct and coordinate product development project and production activities. They work with top executives to plan strategies and develop goals for developers and researchers.
Depending on the field of science that a natural science manager works in may vary their duties, such as those working in chemistry or biology. He or she would monitor the progress of projects, draft operational reports, and review research performed. They provide technical assistance to support staff, technicians, and scientists. They deliver research findings, status of projects, and communicate project proposals to clients and top management. They are responsible for ensuring laboratories are stocked with supplies and equipment. They recruit new members, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members.