Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

General Information

Description

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit48.05%
  2. Private, not for profit29.35%
  3. State and local government13.85%
  4. Federal government6.72%
  5. Self-employed1.89%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Scientific Research and Development Services
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Job Outlook

Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. A larger and aging population, increased rates of several chronic conditions, and a growing reliance on pharmaceuticals are all factors that are expected to increase demand for medical scientists. In addition, frontiers in medical research are expected to require the services of medical scientists. Medical scientists will be needed for research related to treating diseases such as AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. Research into treatment problems, such as resistance to antibiotics, also continue to provide opportunities for medical researchers. In addition, a higher population density and the increasing frequency of international travel may facilitate the spread of existing diseases and give rise to new ones. Medical scientists will continue to be needed because they contribute to the development of treatments and medicines that improve human health. The federal government is a major source of funding for medical research. Going forward, the level of federal funding will continue to affect competition for winning and renewing research grants.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$81,320

State-by-state Salary

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$130,040
$41,560
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 45%
  • Doctoral degree 28%
  • Master's degree 20%
  • Bachelor's degree 4%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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