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Become A Formulation Scientist

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Working As A Formulation Scientist

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

  • $72,711

    Average Salary

What Does A Formulation Scientist Do

A Formulation Scientist is an expert on the science involved in recording developmental programs designed for the formulation of products. They report and present key developments, observations, and technical insights about various products to team leaders.

How To Become A Formulation Scientist

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.


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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Real Formulation Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
President/Formulation Scientist Klus Pharma Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Jun 28, 2016 $210,000 -
President/Formulation Scientist Klus Pharma Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Aug 17, 2015 $150,000 -
Formulation Scientist Pharmaceutics International, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Sep 07, 2016 $125,000
Formulation Scientist Pharmaceutics International, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Jul 09, 2016 $125,000
Formulation Scientist Tolmar, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Aug 08, 2016 $120,000
Formulation Scientist Tolmar, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Apr 20, 2016 $107,016
Formulation Scientist Tolmar, Inc. Fort Collins, CO May 13, 2016 $107,016
Formulation Scientist II Bioduro, LLC San Diego, CA Jun 04, 2016 $107,000
Formulation Scientist Medical Science & Computing, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Mar 14, 2016 $105,000
Formulation/Characterization Scientist Danisco Us Inc. Trading As Genencor Palo Alto, CA Jan 28, 2016 $103,500 -
Scientist 1, Formulation Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. Novato, CA Aug 29, 2016 $100,000
Fermentation and Formulation Scientist Agbiome, Inc. Parkton, NC Jan 18, 2016 $81,000
Scientist, Formulation Development Patheon, Inc. (Formerly Banner Pharmacaps) High Point, NC Aug 25, 2015 $80,000
Formulation Scientist Catalent Pharma Solutions Saint Petersburg, FL Jul 10, 2015 $80,000
Formulations Scientist Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Chandler, AZ Sep 09, 2015 $78,750
Formulation Scientist Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Chandler, AZ Oct 09, 2016 $78,000
Formulation Scientist Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Chandler, AZ Mar 09, 2016 $78,000
Formulation Scientist II Bentley Laboratories LLC Edison, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $77,500
Formulation Scientist, II LNK International, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Feb 25, 2016 $66,150
Chemist & Formulation Scientist Ans Nutrition Inc. Farmingdale, NJ Aug 20, 2015 $66,000
Formulation Scientist Novel Laboratories, Inc. Somerset, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $65,582 -
Formulation Scientist Novel Laboratories, Inc. Somerset, NJ Jan 10, 2015 $65,582
Formulation Scientist Novel Laboratories, Inc. Somerset, NJ May 08, 2015 $65,582 -

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Top Skills for A Formulation Scientist


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Top Formulation Scientist Skills

  1. Stability Studies
  2. Formulation Development
  3. Analytical Methods
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and initiate stability studies on exhibition and validation batches of pharmaceutical products.
  • Worked on a tablet formulation development project, under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Leadership program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Developed a stability indicating HPLC method and other analytical methods of discovery compounds.
  • Experience in development of various immediate release Solid dosage forms, controlled release tablets, delayed release capsules.
  • Streamline validation protocols with Quality Standard by gap analysis and testing work effectiveness.

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