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Natural Sciences Research Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Supervises research activities related to product development for a company. Supervises field research, surveys or clinical trials; may also supervise lab research. Coordinates and prioritizes research and data collection; organizes reports with findings.

Job Outlook

There were 936 Natural Sciences Research Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 14358 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Natural Science Research Manager industry, which includes the Natural Sciences Research Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Natural Sciences Research Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,616.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,981.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Natural Sciences Research Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $68,557.

Education and Experience

Posted Natural Sciences Research Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree83%
Master's Degree17%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Natural Sciences Research Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years58%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Natural Sciences Research Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (59%)
  • Research (47%)
  • Microsoft Excel (41%)
  • Computer Literacy (39%)
  • Writing (32%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Clinical Research (80%)
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (60%)
  • Clinical Trials (58%)
  • Site and Study Management (52%)
  • Budgeting (45%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Budget Management (16%)
  • Data Management (16%)
  • Quality Management (16%)
  • Following SOPs (13%)
  • Project Planning and Development Skills (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • FDA Regulations (6%)
  • Clinical Development (5%)
  • Clinical Study Reports (4%)
  • Clinical Data Review (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Natural Sciences Research Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Clinical Research Associate Cra
  • Senior Clinical Trial Manager
  • Clinical Research Associate, Early Phase Cra

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Natural Sciences Research Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Iqvia (2720)
  • Parexel (1413)
  • Covance Incorporated (566)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (554)
  • Docs (507)

North Carolina

  • Iqvia (337)
  • Pharmaceutical Research Associates (48)
  • Icon Medical Imaging (42)
  • Duke University (31)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (28)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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