Medical Scientists

Medical Scientist Arranges Test Tubes

Medical scientists conduct research, clinical investigations, industry reviews, and develop drugs to improve and prolong human health. Approximately 107,900 medical scientists are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Genetic Engineers
Duties Conduct research and clinical investigations; perform industry reviews; develop drugs to improve and prolong human health
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship, clinical training, or residency
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Biotech Firm Owner, or Consultant
  • College Professor
  • Research Manager
  • Medical Scientist

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