Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+17.4% (much faster than the average)


What Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists Do

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities.

Other Job Titles Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists May Have

Clinical Research Scientist, Research Scientist, Scientist, Study Director

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Director of Pre-Clinical Innovation ,

Lumos Pharma

I spend about 80% of my day in front of the computer. That time includes analyzing data from research studies, reading scientific literature to think about future experiments and research direction, and generating presentations to summarize data and facilitate conversations with my colleagues and external collaborators. About 20% of my day is spent on the phone managing staff at companies that are running our studies or speaking with my colleagues or collaborators.

Research Scientist ,

University of California, San Francisco

Most mornings I spend awaiting arrival of a clinical sample taken from a person with HIV. I then process the sample to extract a particular type of cell that I'm interested in studying. Because this is research, the methods and techniques I use to study these tissues change frequently, but always involve the use of a lot of pretty complicated instrumentation. The one used most has lasers to excite molecules to emit light at a different wavelength allowing for detection of cell proteins.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.
  • Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Prepare and analyze organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.

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