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Research and Development Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for day-to-day management their organization's research and development department(s). Responsible for ensuring that the department meet the organization's objectives for researching and developing new products or technologies and improve existing products.

Job Outlook

There were 45 Research and Development Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 655 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Research and Development 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 $99,235.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,613.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Research and Development Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $89,390.

Education and Experience

Posted Research and Development 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 Degree47%
Master's Degree49%
Doctoral Degree5%
Other0%

Posted Research and Development 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 years9%
3 to 5 years35%
6 to 8 years29%
9+ years28%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Research and Development 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%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (52%)
  • Research (45%)
  • Planning (37%)
  • Problem Solving (35%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Project Management (62%)
  • Product Development (49%)
  • Budgeting (45%)
  • Project Planning and Development Skills (24%)
  • New Product Development (16%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Scheduling (18%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (15%)
  • Chemistry (15%)
  • Microsoft Project (14%)
  • Quality Management (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Product Design (7%)
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Knowledge (6%)
  • Food Science (6%)
  • Lifecycle Management (5%)
  • Clinical Development (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Drug Discovery (1%) – marginal value $3,359
  • Medical Device Design (2%) – marginal value $3,306
  • Clinical Development (4%) – marginal value $2,971

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Research And Development Manager
  • Research And Development Project Manager
  • Senior Research And Development Project Manager
  • Senior Staff Research And Development Project Manager
  • Research And Development Project Coordinator

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 Research and Development Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (75)
  • Johnson & Johnson (49)
  • Becton Dickinson (29)
  • Stryker Medical (25)
  • Abbott Laboratories (20)

North Carolina

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (24)
  • Abb (2)
  • Gilead Sciences (2)
  • University of North Carolina (2)
  • TE Connectivity (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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