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39. R&D Manager
Research & Development Manager
Keith Swenson, 51, VP of R&D at Fujitsu America, likes problem solving.
Top 100 rank: 39
Sector: Scientific Research

What they do: A research & development manager is responsible for management of a team or group of employees, and plans and implements the development of new processes in areas of research generally dealing with the life or physical sciences. Provides technical oversight and expertise as required. Ensures that program objectives are determined and met, logistics are effectively coordinated and budgets are adhered to.

Do R&D Managers have great jobs, or what?
Research & Development Manager stats
Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$116,000
Top pay $156,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
15%
Total jobs
(current)
10,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction A
Job security A
Future growth A
Benefit to society B
Low stress D
Flexibility A
From the November 2010 issue
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job

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