Principal scientists are responsible for planning and performing experiments and investigations. They mostly operate from laboratories and are expected to maintain a high degree of scientific prowess.
Principal scientists perform experiments in areas such as medical research, geoscience, biological research, chemistry research, or pharmacology. The ultimate objective for a principal scientist is to provide new information or to explain reasons for various phenomena.
Principal scientists work closely with professionals in their field of work. They can work in universities, government laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, chemical companies, or environmental agencies.
Successful principal scientists must have excellent communication skills, research and report-writing skills, analytical skills, and the relevant technical skills. They should also have in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory laws in their area of work.
Principal scientists mostly work in a laboratory setting. They work 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasionally, they may be required to work late hours and over the weekends when they are handling urgent projects.