Careers (MP) With the world’s population consistently growing disease is everywhere. And now, with the entire world connected by planes, trains and automobiles, contagious diseases are spreading across the ocean from one continent to another. That’s where our superheros, Medical Scientists come in. They do the research needed in the fight against disease.
Coming in at No. 28 in top 30 jobs for 2020, scientific research careers are booming. There were over 160,000 medical scientists employed in 2014. Most of them worked for scientific research and development firms, colleges and universities, pharmaceutical manufacturers and hospitals. But, first you need to decide if this profession is right for you.
What Medical Scientist Do?
This job requires you to help research and develop new scientific breakthroughs that benefit humanity. These heroes come up with new treatment options, drugs and vaccines. They perform research on specimens, such as bacteria and viruses, then regularly do reviews, clinical investigations and write technical reports during this research process. Again, your job will require a great deal of research and performing clinical trials to find out the effects of new drugs and vaccines. Many researchers enter into joint M.D. and Ph.D. programs, and those interacting directly with patients will need a physician’s license.
Researchers also run trial procedures on volunteer test subjects or groups to see how drugs interact with the patients. They run clinical trials, interview patients and go through their histories. Afterwards, they determine which patients qualify for which testing groups. Group A is typically offered the trial medication while Group B is offered a placebo. This is just one example of the different groups and cases that are offered different samples of medication. After steps are completed, they observe any change in health and behavior of test subjects and then reports their findings.
Researchers work in environments like hospitals, clinics and laboratories. These conditions are usually safe, but sometimes they have to work with dangerous substances and in those cases they must carefully follow the necessary safety procedures fully. Normal 40-hour week hours are common for this position, but long hours are typical during some research projects. Job growth for is sector is expected to grow by 13%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
|Required Education*||B.S., M.S., PhD or MD|
|Projected Job Growth (2015-2020)||13%*|
|Average Annual Salary (2015)||$99,400-$104,670*|
To become a researcher you need to begin by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or a closely related field such as Chemistry or Biochemistry. Completing coursework in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, physiology, mathematics and statistics is a great way to get the education needed for your prospective career as a researcher. Having a bachelor’s degree may help you gain access to entry-level jobs, such as lab assistant, but to work as a researcher you’ll need a graduate degree, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in biological sciences, or medical degree.
Plus, an examination must be passed by all medical scientist to get a state license. This physician license requires that you complete one to seven years at the graduate level with an accredited medical school.