Medical Scientist

Will Simonson

Tasks


  • 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

Skills Required

  • a greater understanding of biological processes and new discoveries should open frontiers in research that are expected to require the services of medical scientists.
  • they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.
  • students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Education

  • PH.D
  • a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field
  • Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills

Median Wages

  • The median annual wage for medical scientists was $82,240 in May 2015
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $155,180.

Projected Job Openings

  • Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • a greater understanding of biological processes and new discoveries should open frontiers in research that are expected to require the services of medical scientists.
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