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Research and development managers

£20,800 Average salary at age 20
£54,080 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


Managers in this unit group plan, organise, co-ordinate and manage resources to undertake the systematic investigation necessary for the development of new, or to enhance the performance of existing, products and services.

Main Tasks

  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions;
  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems;
  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken;
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team;
  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.


Entrants usually possess a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. Training is usually provided on-the-job, although support may be provided for postgraduate study. Professional qualifications are available.

What Research and development managers studied in higher education

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What Research and development managers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(G3) Statistics1
(L7) Human & social geography3
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy3
(W2) Design studies2
(L3) Sociology1
(F2) Materials science1
(A9) Others in medicine & dentistry1
(C1) Biology4
(H3) Mechanical engineering4
(F1) Chemistry7
(C8) Psychology5
(G2) Operational research1
(W1) Fine art1
(C5) Microbiology1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture1
(A3) Clinical medicine2
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies3
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering3
(L2) Politics3
(K2) Building2
(K1) Architecture3
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified1
(J2) Metallurgy1
(C4) Genetics1
(H1) General engineering3
(H2) Civil engineering2
(B7) Nursing1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology2
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(H9) Others in engineering1
(I3) Software engineering1
(J1) Minerals technology1
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics2
(K3) Landscape & garden design1
(T7) American studies1
(B4) Nutrition2
(N1) Business studies4
(L5) Social work1
(D6) Food & beverage studies3
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(C3) Zoology1
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period1
(N3) Finance1
(I1) Computer science3

UK Prospects

71600 Workforce Size
4.16% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
6362 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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