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Working As An Analytical Scientist

  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $77,275

    Average Salary

What Does An Analytical Scientist Do

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Duties

Medical scientists typically do the following:

  • Design and conduct studies that investigate both human diseases and methods to prevent and treat them
  • Prepare and analyze medical samples and data to investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens, or chronic diseases
  • Standardize drug potency, doses, and methods to allow for the mass manufacturing and distribution of drugs and medicinal compounds
  • Create and test medical devices
  • Develop programs that improve health outcomes, in partnership with health departments, industry personnel, and physicians
  • Write research grant proposals and apply for funding from government agencies and private funding sources
  • Follow procedures to avoid contamination and maintain safety

Many medical scientists form hypotheses and develop experiments, with little supervision. They often lead teams of technicians, and sometimes students, who perform support tasks. For example, a medical scientist working in a university laboratory may have undergraduate assistants take measurements and make observations for the scientist’s research.

Medical scientists study the causes of diseases and other health problems. For example, a medical scientist who does cancer research might put together a combination of drugs that could slow the cancer’s progress. A clinical trial may be done to test the drugs. A medical scientist may work with licensed physicians to test the new combination on patients who are willing to participate in the study.

In a clinical trial, patients agree to help determine if a particular drug, a combination of drugs, or some other medical intervention works. Without knowing which group they are in, patients in a drug-related clinical trial receive either the trial drug or a placebo—a pill or injection that looks like the trial drug but does not actually contain the drug.

Medical scientists analyze the data from all the patients in the clinical trial, to see how the trial drug performed. They compare the results with those obtained from the control group that took the placebo, and they analyze the attributes of the participants. After they complete their analysis, medical scientists may write about and publish their findings.

Medical scientists do research both to develop new treatments and to try to prevent health problems. For example, they may study the link between smoking and lung cancer or between diet and diabetes.

Medical scientists who work in private industry usually have to research the topics that benefit their company the most, rather than investigate their own interests. Although they may not have the pressure of writing grant proposals to get money for their research, they may have to explain their research plans to nonscientist managers or executives.

Medical scientists usually specialize in an area of research. The following are examples of types of medical scientists:

Cancer researchers research the causes of cancers, as well as ways to prevent and cure cancers. They may specialize in one or more types of cancer.

Clinical and medical informaticians develop new ways to use large datasets. They look for explanations of health outcomes through the statistical analysis of data.

Clinical pharmacologists research, develop, and test current and new drugs. They investigate the full effects that drugs have on human health. Their interests may range from understanding specific molecules to the effects that drugs have on large populations.

Gerontologists study the changes that people go through as they get older. Medical scientists who specialize in this field seek to understand the biology of aging and investigate ways to improve the quality of our later years. 

Immunochemists investigate the reactions and effects that various chemicals and drugs have on the human immune system.

Neuroscientists study the brain and nervous system.

Research histologists have a specific skill set that is used to study human tissue. They investigate how tissue grows, heals, and dies, and may investigate grafting techniques that can help people who have experienced serious injury.  

Serologists research fluids found in the human body, such as blood and saliva. Applied serologists often work in forensic science. For more information on forensic science, see the profile on forensic science technicians.

Toxicologists research the harmful effects of drugs, household chemicals, and other potentially poisonous substances. They seek to ensure the safety of drugs, radiation, and other treatments by investigating safe dosage limits.

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Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.

Education

Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Chemist 4.8 years
Chemist Scientist 4.4 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Chemist 3.3 years
Analytical Chemist 3.1 years
Process Scientist 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Analytical Scientist
Chemist 9.8%
Scientist 9.7%
Internship 3.8%
Consultant 1.9%
Fellow 1.7%
Top Careers After Analytical Scientist
Scientist 12.5%
Chemist 6.7%
Consultant 3.4%

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Analytical Scientist Demographics

Gender

Male

51.1%

Female

39.3%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

46.3%

Asian

28.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

17.2%

French

13.8%

Hindi

13.8%

Spanish

13.8%

German

6.9%

Gujarati

6.9%

Russian

6.9%

Ukrainian

3.4%

Marathi

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Dari

3.4%

Urdu

3.4%

Xiang

3.4%
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Analytical Scientist Education

Schools

University of California - San Diego

11.0%

Temple University

7.3%

University of Florida

6.1%

University of Washington

6.1%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.9%

University of California - Davis

4.9%

LIU Brooklyn

4.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

University of Rhode Island

4.9%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

4.9%

University of the Sciences

3.7%

Illinois State University

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.7%

Sacred Heart University

3.7%

Loyola University of Chicago

3.7%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.7%

Texas State University

3.7%
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Majors

Chemistry

49.2%

Biology

13.3%

Pharmacy

9.5%

Business

5.2%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.7%

Biotechnology

2.4%

Pharmacology

2.4%

Microbiology

1.4%

Statistics

1.1%

Materials Sciences

1.1%

Food Science

1.1%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

Public Health

0.8%

Mathematics

0.8%

Finance

0.8%

Computer Engineering

0.8%

Computer Science

0.8%

Meteorology

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.2%

Masters

34.9%

Doctorate

20.1%

Other

4.7%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Analytical Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Analytical Scientist JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC Rochester, MI Apr 25, 2014 $125,664
Scientist-Analytical Chemistry Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Apr 01, 2016 $115,000
Analytic Scientist Bioanalytix, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 08, 2016 $110,000
Process Analytical Scientist Senior Genzyme Corporation Westborough, MA May 18, 2016 $108,800 -
$163,200
Analytical Scientist International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) New York, NY Sep 08, 2014 $105,000
SR. Analytical Scientist Invagen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 25, 2015 $103,000
Analytical Scientist Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC Vernon, IN Aug 24, 2014 $102,100
Staff Analytical Scientist Johnson Matthey Pharmaceutical Services Devens, MA Aug 31, 2016 $101,010
Analytical Scientist Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. Canton, MA Oct 17, 2016 $100,000
Analytical Scientist II Hospira, Inc. Boulder, CO Jul 13, 2013 $97,291
Senior Analytical Scientist Ambiopharm, Inc. North Augusta, SC May 10, 2013 $95,400
SR. Analytical Scientist Invagen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 25, 2015 $95,000
Senior Electrocatalyst Analytical Scientist General Motors Company Warren, MI May 27, 2013 $94,008
Analytical Scientist Johnson Matthey Pharmaceutical Materials, Inc. Devens, MA Dec 30, 2013 $79,326
Senior Analytical Scientist ACRO Service Corp Rocky Mount, NC Sep 25, 2015 $79,040
Analytical Scientist Sciegen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hauppauge, NY May 28, 2015 $78,200
Analytical Scientist II Vintage Pharmaceuticals LLC Huntsville, AL Nov 10, 2013 $78,000
SR. Analytical Scientist I Akorn, Inc. Copiague, NY Oct 17, 2016 $78,000
Process Analytical Scientist Associate Genzyme Therapeutic Products Limited Partnership Cambridge, MA Apr 15, 2014 $77,052 -
$78,596
Scientist, Small Molecule Analytical Chemistry Catalent CTS (Kansas City), LLC Kansas City, MO Dec 15, 2016 $65,879 -
$101,300
Analytical Scientist III Charles River Laboratories, Inc. Boothwyn, PA Dec 15, 2016 $65,583
Analytical Scientist III Charles River Laboratories Contract Manufacturing Pa, LLC Boothwyn, PA Sep 15, 2016 $65,583
Analytical Scientist, III Akorn, Inc. Warminster, PA Jan 09, 2016 $65,520
Analytical Scientist, III Akorn, Inc. Cranbury, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $65,520
Analytical Scientist Innopharma Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 10, 2013 $65,000
Analytical Scientist III Charles River Laboratories Contract Manufacturing Pa, LLC Boothwyn, PA Sep 15, 2016 $65,000
ARD Analytical Scientist Coldstream Laboratories Lexington, KY Sep 01, 2014 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Analytical Scientist

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  2. Laboratory Equipment
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  • Developed, validated, and documented elemental methods on several flame retardant products for successful commercial launch.
  • Spearheaded the organization and upkeep of a filing system containing the calibration records and other pertinent information on all laboratory equipment.
  • Implemented a Universal HPLC approach for the development and validation of Cleaning Verification Methods for residual API on manufacturing equipment surfaces.
  • Supervised 3 scientists to ensure the stability samples were tested within 30 days of receipt in the lab.
  • Review specification changes for products, API and packaging components, assessing Regulatory Stability Protocol impact and revising protocols as needed.

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