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Medical Research Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Conducts research with the goal of understanding diseases and improving human health. May study biology and causes of health problems, assess effectiveness of treatments or develop new pharmaceutical products. May direct clinical trials to gather data..

Job Outlook

There were 685 Medical Research Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18268 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Medical Research 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 $60,994.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $58,402.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Medical Research Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $44,335.

Education and Experience

Posted Medical Research 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 Degree38%
Master's Degree34%
Doctoral Degree26%
Other1%

Posted Medical Research 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 years47%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years7%
9+ years6%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Medical Research 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 (47%)
  • Communication Skills (34%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
  • Organizational Skills (22%)
  • Writing (18%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Clinical Research (10%)
  • Molecular Biology (9%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Experiments (14%)
  • Biology (11%)
  • Data Analysis (9%)
  • Teaching (9%)
  • Project Management (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Clinical Trials (7%)
  • Cell Culturing (4%)
  • Cell Biology (4%)
  • Immunology (4%)
  • Flow Cytometry (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Usa Member Specialist
  • Clinical Trial Assistant
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Research Associate
  • Sanitation Team Member

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

United States

  • Walmart / Sam's (678)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (239)
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital (232)
  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (209)
  • Docs (191)

North Carolina

  • Duke University (110)
  • Walmart / Sam's (39)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (37)
  • University of North Carolina (34)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (16)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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