Pharmacology Research Scientist
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 use and effects of drugs.
There were 44 Pharmacology Research Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3673 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Medical Scientist industry, which includes the Pharmacology Research Scientist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Pharmacology 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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $88,556.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $82,398.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Pharmacology Research Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $65,741.
Education and Experience
Posted Pharmacology 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.
Posted Pharmacology 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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||25%|
|3 to 5 years||45%|
|6 to 8 years||16%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Pharmacology 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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (67%)
- Communication Skills (57%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (55%)
- Writing (24%)
- Written Communication (20%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Pharmacology (85%)
- Biology (36%)
- Drug Development (32%)
- Pharmacokinetics (31%)
- Oncology (28%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Cancer knowledge (20%)
- Biotechnology (19%)
- Chemistry (17%)
- Simulation (17%)
- Biochemistry (17%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) (7%)
- Medicinal Chemistry (6%)
- Animal Models (6%)
- Clinical Trial Design (5%)
- Virology (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Pharmacology Research Scientist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Associate/Director, Clinical Pharmacology Modeling & Simulation Cpms Remote
- Associate Director, Clinical Pharmacology
- Clinical Laboratory Scientist
- Associate Director, Data Management, Clinical Pharmacology
- Distinguished Scientist, Drug Metabolism And Pharmacokinetics
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.
- Medical Research Scientist
- Cell Biologist
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process Engineer
- Molecular Biologist
- Clinical Research Director
- Computational Biologist
- Drug Safety Scientist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Pharmacology Research Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Merck & Company (190)
- Pfizer (167)
- Genentech (151)
- Parexel (139)
- Gilead Sciences (118)
- Duke University (6)
- Springworks Therapeutics (5)
- Atrium Health (3)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (2)
- Sanford School Of Public Policy (2)
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!