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Research and Development Manager



Oversee research activities and develop knowledge-based products for a company.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Develop research programs incorporating current developments to improve existing products and study potential of new products
  • Oversee all aspects of research program and experiments
  • Report to senior management on company product technical issues as well as technical developments within the market
  • Present at industry conferences on research topics of interest
  • Establish and maintain testing procedures for assessing raw materials, in both process and finished products
  • Manage trial or testing programs for products/services through the management of staff and assignment of staff and utilization of resources
  • Manage or mentor a team of research staff
  • Budgeting and cost forecasting of technical development or research programs.


What education and training is required?

A master’s degree in the field in which you are applying your knowledge (ex. agriculture, food science, chemistry, biology, agronomy etc.).  


To pursue a career as a research and development manager:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, biology, chemistry, business courses and computer courses


Where can I work?

Research and development managers can work for any company that is developing and testing new products to sell.  Products may exist in the plant, biotech, alternative energy, food, and animal health sectors. 


Future Job Market/Outlook

The job outlook for a research and development manager will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Product Development and Management Association
  • National Association of Plant Breeders
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 
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