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Scientific Research Manager: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016

This wide-ranging group oversees important work both inside and outside the lab

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Scientific Research Manager Jobs — Canada’s Best Jobs


Median Salary: $90,002
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +4%
Total Employees: 9,800
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +42%

Job Description:

Scientific research managers aren’t necessarily cooped up in the lab all day—there are opportunities in architecture, landscaping, forestry, petroleum industry, and in the both the public and private sectors. They’re in charge of overseeing the planning and execution of research projects.

Job Qualifications:

It depends on what you’d like to specialize in. According to Job Bank Canada, architecture managers require a degree in architecture, registration as a professional architect and several years of work experience. Landscape architecture managers require a degree in landscape architecture, professional licensing, and several years of experience. Science and other managers in this unit group require masters or doctoral degrees in their scientific discipline, and several years of experience.


The median wage for the group is $90,000. Wage growth has been robust: 4.2% over the last five years, and 12.5% over the past three.

Career Opportunity:

The number of jobs grew by 20% in the last year, and is expected to increase by about 1,000 positions until 2020. More good news for recent graduates: in the same time frame, the same number of employees are expected to retire each year.

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