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Biomedical Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Biomedical Scientist 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.

Job Outlook

There were 616 Biomedical Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 20722 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Medical Scientist industry, which includes the Biomedical Scientist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Biomedical 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 $84,833.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,341.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Biomedical Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $60,033.

Education and Experience

Posted Biomedical 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 Degree23.78%
Master's Degree20.93%
Doctoral Degree69.42%
Other1.9%

Posted Biomedical 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 years38.12%
3 to 5 years44.95%
6 to 8 years10.06%
9+ years6.87%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Biomedical 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.

  • Research (71.55%)
  • Communication (31.72%)
  • Writing (25.02%)
  • Presentations (20.07%)
  • Management (17.35%)
  • Leadership (16.51%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (13.77%)
  • Teaching (12.8%)
  • Operations (12.71%)
  • Mentorship (12.35%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Cancer Biology (7.91%)
  • Proteomics (8.58%)
  • Flow Cytometry (11.53%)
  • Bioinformatics (8.97%)
  • Data Analysis (26.81%)
  • Postdoctoral Research (16.34%)
  • Scientific Writing (8.67%)
  • Ribonucleic Acid Sequencing (10.81%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Clinical Research (13.28%)
  • Molecular Biology (22.7%)
  • Cell Biology (13.79%)
  • Biochemical Assays (12.65%)
  • Chemistry (11.41%)
  • Biochemistry (15.67%)
  • Immunology (12.66%)
  • Clinical Trials (16.17%)
  • Cell Cultures (15.22%)
  • Biology (33.64%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (12.54%)
  • Data Collection (11.07%)
  • R (Programming Language) (12.78%)
  • Health Sciences (6.5%)
  • Genomics (10.03%)
  • Project Management (14.79%)
  • Research Experiences (10.56%)
  • Drug Development (10.65%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (10.07%)
  • Social Sciences (5.14%)
  • Psychology (6.74%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Animal Models (4.2%)
  • Genome Editing (6%)
  • Epigenetics (6.56%)
  • Cancer Genomics (4.39%)
  • DNA Sequencing (7.25%)
  • Transduction (4.89%)
  • SLAM Algorithms (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) (4.11%)
  • MRNAs (5.04%)
  • Next-Generation Sequencing (6.68%)

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.

  • Cancer Biology (15.05%)
  • Animal Models (7.99%)
  • Next-Generation Sequencing (12.7%)
  • Epigenetics (12.47%)
  • Genome Editing (11.41%)
  • Proteomics (16.33%)
  • Data Analysis (50.99%)
  • DNA Sequencing (13.8%)
  • Cancer Genomics (8.35%)
  • Flow Cytometry (21.93%)
  • MRNAs (9.59%)
  • Postdoctoral Research (31.08%)
  • Scientific Writing (16.5%)
  • Ribonucleic Acid Sequencing (20.56%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Associate
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Bioanalytical Scientist
  • Flow Cytometry Specialist
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Research Specialist

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 Biomedical Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • AbbVie (921)
  • University of California (722)
  • Cedars-Sinai (376)
  • Houston Methodist (321)
  • Indiana University (276)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (266)
  • Stanford University (262)
  • Rutgers University (229)
  • Harvard University (218)
  • The University of Texas System (212)

North Carolina

  • Duke University (144)
  • University of North Carolina (122)
  • East Carolina University (19)
  • AbbVie (19)
  • Eurofins (17)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (16)
  • North Carolina State University (13)
  • Novant Health (9)
  • U.S Environmental Protection Agency (7)
  • Danaher (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!