Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.
Common job titles of Medical Scientists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
45.33% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
28.87% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Study animal and human health and physiological processes.
Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.
Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.
Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.
Prepare and analyze organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.
Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
Use equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, electron microscopes, flow cytometers, or chromatography systems.
Teach principles of medicine and medical and laboratory procedures to physicians, residents, students, and technicians.
Write and publish articles in scientific journals.
Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
Consult with and advise physicians, educators, researchers, and others regarding medical applications of physics, biology, and chemistry.
Confer with health departments, industry personnel, physicians, and others to develop health safety standards and public health improvement programs.
Ultraviolet-Visible UV/VIS spectrophotometers
Ultraviolet UV crosslinkers
Ultrasound imaging scanners
Thin layer chromatography plates
Thin layer chromatography equipment
Steam distillation apparatus
Selective ion meters
Refrigerated swinging bucket centrifuges
Positron emission tomography PET scanners
Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectroscopes
Microscope/video camera stations
Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
Liquid handling robots
Laminar flow hoods
Hot air ovens
High-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
High-pressure liquid chromatographs
Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometers
Gel electrophoresis boxes
Gel documentation systems
Gas chromatographs GC
Fourier Transform IR spectrophotometers
Flame atomic absorption spectrophotometers
Electrophoresis power systems
Electrocardiography EKG machines
Electrical conductivity meters
Differential cell counters
Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA synthesizers
Crossflow filtration systems
Computerized axial tomography CAT scanners
Cold vapor atomic absorption spectrophotometers
Carbon dioxide CO2 incubators
Capillary electrophoresis equipment
Bone ultrasound densitometers
Blood gas machines
Binocular light compound microscopes
Automated deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers
Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers
ESRI ArcGIS software
IBM SPSS Statistics
Integrated development environment IDE software
Microsoft Exchange Server
National Instruments LabVIEW
The MathWorks MATLAB
BioArray Software Environment BASE
Medical Scientists HybridAI
Medical Scientists MediSave
Triple G ULTRA Laboratory Information System
Waters eLab Notebook
Waters Empower 2
Waters Q-DIS/QM LIMS
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.