Research and Development Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate research and development activities within organisations.

    You usually need formal qualifications and relevant industry and managerial experience to work as a Research and Development Manager. Research and Development Managers often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • determining, implementing and monitoring research and development strategies, policies and plans
    • developing and implementing research projects, priorities and targets to support commercial and policy developments
    • leading major research projects and coordinating activities of other research workers
    • assessing the benefits and monitoring the costs and effectiveness of research and development activities
    • interpreting results of research projects and recommending associated product and service development innovations
    • providing advice on research and development options available to the organisation
    • monitoring leading-edge developments in relevant disciplines and assessing implications for the organisation
    • may publish results of significant research projects

    All Research and Development Managers

    • $3,042 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 14,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 46% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Research and Development Managers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 14,300 in 2018 to 16,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Research and Development Managers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $3,042 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 46% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200812500
    20099900
    201010500
    201110000
    201210200
    201312500
    201411200
    20159000
    201613100
    201712500
    201814300
    202316900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsResearch and Development ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings30421460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services23.9
    Education and Training15.4
    Public Administration and Safety12.0
    Manufacturing10.9
    Other Industries37.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateResearch and Development ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.931.6
    VIC29.425.6
    QLD14.020.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA7.410.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT6.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketResearch and Development ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.0-9.39.3
    25-3418.7-22.922.9
    35-4433.4-22.022.0
    45-5427.7-21.621.6
    55-5910.0-9.09.0
    60-645.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationResearch and Development ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate44.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree36.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.2-21.121.1
    Year 125.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.1-12.512.5

    You usually need formal qualifications and relevant industry and managerial experience to work as a Research and Development Manager. Research and Development Managers often have university qualifications.

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    Employers look for Research and Development Managers who are organised, with strong people skills and strong attention to detail.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      66% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English language

      65% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Mathematics

      63% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Administration and management

      61% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Chemistry

      60% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9121.00 - Natural Sciences Managers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      96% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Unstructured work

      96% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    4. Telephone

      94% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      93% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9121.00 - Natural Sciences Managers.

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