Research and development manager

Research and Development Managers coordinate the research and development departments of businesses and other organisations. Their work is mostly administrative and interpersonal in nature rather than hands-on research and development.

Duties and tasks

  • Calculating equations and computing measurements
  • Combining chemicals and preparing specimens
  • Demonstrating experiments in front of science classes
  • Finding samples
  • Handling materials for experiments and maintaining equipment
  • Laying out results in graphics and text
  • Testing, analysing and experimenting

Skills required

  • Ability to problem solve based on scientific principles and methodology
  • Being able to understand complex problems and how to find their solutions
  • Thinking critically and using logic in order to find solutions to issues that arise
  • Viewing text and comprehending sentences and paragraphs

Working conditions

Science Technicians are typically found in laboratories. Usually these professionals will work full-time and often with dangerous substances. As a result, it is necessary for people in this profession to follow the proper safety protocols.

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