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Medical Scientists

Also called: Associate Director, Experimental Medicine; Investigator; Research Scientist; Scientist

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.
  • Study animal and human health and physiological processes.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • BioArray Software Environment BASE software
  • Medical Scientists HybridAI
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Waters Empower 2
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$79,840
per year, on average
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