Biomedical Scientist Career

Planning and Analysis

 
Planning and Analysis Careers | Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical Scientist

Career Area: Planning and Analysis

Occupation Group: Health and Medical Research

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Biomedical Scientist earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $69,014

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $73,433

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Performs scientific research with the aim of discovering new solutions or improving existing ones within the field of biology and medicine. Plans and conducts laboratory experiments, evaluates the results, develops new experiments, performs routine testing procedures, and summarizes findings in reports.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina4+23.1%
Nationwide590+13.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Biomedical Scientist is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Microbiology: Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, those being unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells).
  • Quality Assurance and Control: Working experience with processes used to measure and assure the quality of a product and ensuring products and services meet consumer expectations.
  • Laboratory Testing: Laboratory testing refers to the process of performing any medical tests or procedures that are conducted in a controlled environment where the appropriate equipment, supplies, and certified expertise are available. Laboratory testing can be simply referred to as a laboratory test or lab test.
  • Medical Technology: Working experience of Medical Technology, which can be considered as any technology used to save lives in individuals suffering from a wide range of conditions. In its many forms, medical technology is diagnosing, monitoring and treating most diseases or conditions.
  • Biology: Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Biomedical Scientist that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Proteins: Proteins ( or ) are large biomolecules, or macromolecules, consisting of one or more long chains of amino acid residues.
  • Drug Discovery: In the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology, drug discovery is the process by which new candidate medications are discovered.
  • Pharmacology: Pharmacology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of drug action, where a drug can be broadly defined as any man-made, natural, or endogenous (from within body) molecule which exerts a biochemical or physiological effect on the cell, tissue, organ, or organism (sometimes the word pharmacon is used as a term to encompass these endogenous and exogenous bioactive species).
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA): The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) (, ) is a test that uses antibodies and color change to identify a substance.
  • Bioinformatics: Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Proteomics: Proteomics is the large-scale study of proteins.
  • Antigen: In immunology, an antigen is a molecule capable of inducing an immune response (to produce an antibody) in the host organism.
  • Virology: Virology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in virology.
  • Drug Discovery: In the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology, drug discovery is the process by which new candidate medications are discovered.
  • Histocompatibility: Histocompatibility, or tissue compatibility, is the property of having the same, or sufficiently similar, alleles of a set of genes called human leukocyte antigens (HLA).

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree100%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years50%
3 to 5 years39%
6 to 8 years3%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Blood Bank
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist Microbiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee

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