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20: Scientific Research Manager
Median Salary: $90,002
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +4%
Total Employees: 9,800
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +42%
Scientific research managers aren’t necessarily cooped up in a lab all day: there are opportunities in architecture, landscaping, forestry, petroleum industry, in the public or the private sector. They’re in charge of overseeing the planning and execution of research projects. Workers in this category require a master's or doctoral degree in a scientific discipline and several years of experience in a related scientific discipline.