20: Scientific Research Manager
Median Salary: $79,997
Change in salary (2007–2013): -2%
Total employees: 9,500
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Not every scientist gets to spend her days mixing concoctions in test tubes or digging up dinosaur bones; every lab needs a senior manager to keep research teams on track and on budget. Scientific research managers coordinate the efforts of other scientists to achieve larger goals, and handle things like human resources, budgeting, and the other managerial tasks necessary to keep a lab—or a bunch of labs—running smoothly. In cases where the government is involved, either as a funder, partner or regulator, being able to smoothly translate technical jargon for non-scientists is a helpful skill.
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