Want to be a Scientist
By Lathan Rubant
- Design and conduct studies that investigate both human diseases and methods to prevent and treat them
- Prepare and analyze medical samples and data to investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens, or chronic diseases
- Create and test medical devices
- Communication skills: Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.
- Decisionmaking skills: Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.
- Observation skills: Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.
You need a...
- Bachelor’s degree in biology,
- And other requirements in related fields.
- Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing $108,200
- Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences $96,290
- Medical and diagnostic laboratories $79,020
- Hospitals; state, local, and private $76,670
- Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private $58,370
Employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations.