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Medical Research Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Specializes in collecting and analyzing body fluids using complex chemical and microscopic tests. Workplaces include clinical laboratories at hospitals, references labs, biotech labs and non-clinical industrial labs.

Job Outlook

There were 247 Medical Research Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8821 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Medical Research Specialist 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 $47,852.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $48,541.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Medical Research Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $36,756.

Education and Experience

Posted Medical Research Specialist 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 Degree76%
Master's Degree21%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other0%

Posted Medical Research Specialist 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 years63%
3 to 5 years28%
6 to 8 years6%
9+ years2%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Medical Research Specialist 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 (89%)
  • Communication Skills (46%)
  • Organizational Skills (29%)
  • Detail-Oriented (29%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Clinical Research (65%)
  • Clinical Trials (27%)
  • Scheduling (26%)
  • Data Collection (24%)
  • Investigational Review Board (IRB) (23%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (15%)
  • Experiments (15%)
  • Budgeting (13%)
  • Data Management (13%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Regulatory Documents (6%)
  • Neuroscience (5%)
  • Infectious Disease (4%)
  • Epidemiology (3%)
  • Protocol Compliance (3%)

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.

  • Protocol Development (2%) – marginal value $4,434

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Research Assistant I
  • Clinical Research Assistant I

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

United States

  • Partners Healthcare (573)
  • Boston Children's Hospital (271)
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center (190)
  • Boston Medical Center (173)
  • University of Cincinnati (141)

North Carolina

  • Duke University (40)
  • University of North Carolina (19)
  • Iqvia (19)
  • Wake Research (14)
  • East Carolina University (12)

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!