Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research, clinical investigations, industry reviews, and develop drugs to improve and prolong human health. Approximately 104,280 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
  • Medical Degree
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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