Natural Sciences Managers
Skills & Knowledge
Most Important Skills for Natural Sciences Managers
- Reading—Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Learning New Things—Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- 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.
- Science—Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Managing People—Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
- Writing—Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Managing Time—Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Monitoring Performance—Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking—Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Thinking Critically—Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Most Important Knowledge Areas for Natural Sciences Managers
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 m
- Biology—Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Computers and Electronics—Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Education and Training—Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Law and Government—Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Clerical—Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:
- Enterprising—Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
- Investigative—Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
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Describe Your Skills
People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.
- Keeping up-to-date with new knowledge.
- Collecting information from different sources.
- Communicating with people outside your organization.
- Analyzing data or information.
- Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
- Compiling, calculating, tabulating, or otherwise processing information.
- Making decisions or solving problems.
- Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
Careers that Use Similar Skills
The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Natural Sciences Managers.
- Regulatory Affairs Managers
- Soil and Plant Scientists
- Environmental Scientists
- Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
- Clinical Data Managers
- Materials Scientists
- College Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
- Customer Service Representatives
- Regulatory Affairs Specialists
- Management Analysts
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
- Training and Development Specialists
- Human Resources Specialists
- Accountants and Auditors
- Social Science Research Assistants
- College Chemistry Teachers
- Conservation Scientists
- Fraud Examiners and Investigators
- Animal Scientists
View more careers in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources cluster
View more careers in the Science and Mathematics pathway
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