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Assay Development Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Creates assays or systems to test and evaluate the effect of a chemical compound on an organism. Directs assay development as part of a research process to develop new drugs.

Job Outlook

There were 2 Assay Development Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 151 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemist industry, which includes the Assay Development Scientist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Assay Development Scientist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $71,970.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $65,090.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Assay Development Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $60,051.

Education and Experience

Posted Assay Development Scientist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree34%
Master's Degree50%
Doctoral Degree16%
Other0%

Posted Assay Development Scientist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years31%
3 to 5 years54%
6 to 8 years10%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Assay Development Scientist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (53%)
  • Research (48%)
  • Organizational Skills (31%)
  • Troubleshooting (30%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Chemistry (89%)
  • Biochemistry (61%)
  • Biology (58%)
  • Molecular Biology (54%)
  • Experiments (48%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Product Development (20%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (19%)
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) (17%)
  • Microbiology (17%)
  • Biotechnology (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Chromatography (6%)
  • Mass Spectrometry (6%)
  • Fluorescence (5%)
  • Western Blot (5%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Gene Expression (3%) – marginal value $3,136
  • Clinical Assay (2%) – marginal value $2,829
  • Protein Chemistry (2%) – marginal value $2,469
  • Genome Analysis (2%) – marginal value $1,353
  • Synthetic Biology (3%) – marginal value $1,277

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Assay Development Scientist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Molecular Genetics Scientist
  • Associate Scientist, Bioassay
  • Pcr Assay Scientist
  • Scientist II, Molecular Poc

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Assay Development Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Eurofins Scientific (20)
  • PerkinElmer (15)
  • Becton Dickinson (13)
  • PPD (7)
  • Pfizer (6)

North Carolina

  • Atom Bioworks (1)
  • Novozymes (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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