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Science Managers

OaSIS code 20011.02

Science managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the research, development or production activities of a scientific research and development laboratory or firm. They develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the scientific and technical work performed in the laboratory, department, service, or firm.

Overview

Also known as

  • Landscape architecture manager
  • Life sciences program manager
  • Research director - forestry
  • Research director - mining

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the research, development or production activities of a scientific research and development laboratory or firm
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the scientific and technical work performed in the laboratory, department, service, or firm
  • Assign, coordinate and review the applied scientific work of the department or project teams
  • Confer with scientists, engineers, regulators, or others to plan or review projects
  • Develop client relationships and communicate with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications, or discuss project status
  • Review project activities, prepare and review research, testing, or operational reports
  • Recruit personnel and oversee development and maintenance of staff competence in required areas
  • May participate directly in the design, development and inspection of the theoretical or applied scientific work of the department.

Additional information

  • Progression to senior management positions in the respective fields is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Engineering managers (20010)
  • Computer and information systems managers (20012)
  • Chemists (21101)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (21102)
  • Meteorologists and climatologists (21103)
  • Other professional occupations in physical sciences (21109)
  • Biologists and related scientists (21110)
  • Forestry professionals (21111)
  • Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists (21112)
  • Public and environmental health and safety professionals (21120)
  • Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries (21210)
  • Data scientists (21211)
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing (80010)

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Coaching and Developing Others
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Coworkers
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Architectural firms
  • Private sector and government establishments
  • Scientific research companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Deductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Inductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Mathematical Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Numerical Ability
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
5 - Highest Level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Decision Making
5 - Highest Level
Evaluation
5 - Highest Level
Management of Financial Resources
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important