CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Natural Sciences Managers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields. Confer with scientists, engineers, regulators, and others to plan and review projects and to provide technical assistance.
 
Develop client relationships and communicate with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications or discuss project status.
 
Plan and direct research, development, and production activities.
 
Prepare project proposals.
 
Design and coordinate successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, and testing.
 
Review project activities and prepare and review research, testing, and operational reports.
 
Hire, supervise and evaluate engineers, technicians, researchers and other staff.
 
Determine scientific and technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.
 
Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the architectural, scientific and technical work performed to ensure regulatory compliance and operations enhancement.
 
Develop innovative technology and train staff for its implementation.
 
Provide for stewardship of plant and animal resources and habitats, studying land use, monitoring animal populations, or providing shelter, resources, and medical treatment for animals.
 
Conduct own research in field of expertise.
 
Recruit personnel and oversee the development and maintenance of staff competence.
 
Advise and assist in obtaining patents or meeting other legal requirements.
 
Prepare and administer budget, approve and review expenditures, and prepare financial reports.
 
Make presentations at professional meetings to further knowledge in the field.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
IBM Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet software
 
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Oracle DBMS Data base user interface and query software
 
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SPSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
StatSoft STATISTICA software Analytical or scientific software
 
StataCorp Stata Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Color plotters Plotter printers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors Liquid crystal display projector
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Universal serial bus USB flash drives High capacity removable media drives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 10 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agricultural Research Director
Agriculture Research Director
Chemical Laboratory Chief
Chemical Plant Technical Director
Coastal Management Planner
Conservationist
Director of Research
Director of Research and Development
Environmental Manager
Environmental Research Project Manager
Fisheries Director
Geochemical Manager
Geological Manager
Geologist
Geophysical Manager
Gravity Manager
Health Sciences Manager
Hydrogeologist
Hydrogeology Professor
Laboratory Director
Laboratory Manager
Marine Biologist
Mineral and Aggregate Resources Planner
Natural Resources Manager
Natural Resources Planner
Natural Resources Specialist
Natural Science Manager
Ocean Program Administrator
Public Land Resources Director
Quarrying Manager
Research Coordinator
Research Development Director
Research Development Manager
Research Director
Research Geologist
Research Hydrogeologist
Research Manager
Research Scientist
Research and Development Director
Scientist
Water Team Leader
Wild Life Manager
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Engineering/Scientific
Benchmark Title: Natural Sciences Managers
 
 
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