Scientist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 14,847 Scientist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Scientist Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Analytical Methods, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Scientist Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Scientist CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand scientist skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a scientist : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Scientist
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 14,847 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a scientist job required by employers is 3.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average scientist job listing asks for 3.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average scientist candidate have?
The average scientist resume contains 6.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your scientist skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from scientist resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Scientist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Key contributions to molecular and cell biology of the yeast cell wall
  • Supervised junior level scientists in developing projects, and mastering concepts and techniques in molecular biology / immunology.
  • Closed-ended, linear duplex (CELiD) DNA AAV vector production for gene therapy.
  • Selected as Editorial member and Reviewer for The Journal International Journal of Immunology by Science Publishing Group, USA.
  • Experience in pharmacological testing of small molecule inhibitors, peptides, RNAi and antibodies.
Process Chemist

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Scientist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Chemistry
  • Assisted in testing of TergoVis and related applications; departmental chairperson received patents and national awards.
  • Assist in training new hires.
  • Shift supervisor, help train lower level technicians.
  • Perform oilfield lab procedures, water analysis, solids ID, QA/QC testing on fracturing systems.
  • Prepared SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for lab instruments and analysis of routine samples.
Doctoral Fellow

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Scientist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Chemistry
  • Fit neuroscientific classification algorithms to human behavior in Python.
  • Initiated and completed transfer and successful installment of operant self-administration equipment between collaborators.
  • Conducted characterization of synthesized compounds by NMR.
  • Produced carbon materials for solar energy applications and provided structural analysis of carbon nanotubes using scanning electron microscope (SEM).
  • Proposed database management systems for Marine GIS based on the differences.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Scientist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Chemistry
  • Resulted in expansion of age range for FDA approved product usage.
  • Conformed to both GLP and GMP guidelines.
  • Follow analytical methods, SOP's, cGMPs, FDA and USP regulations, and client specifications with occasional direct supervision.
  • Developed and validated over twenty HPLC, UPLC, GC, and Dissolution methods in compliance with cGMP and ICH guidelines.
  • Project Leader of routine and long-term stability studies using HPLC, GC, UV/VIS, and Dissolution and fluorescence spectrophotometry.
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As a scientist, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Scientist roles often require a Post-Doctoral Training degree or higher, so the majority of scientist resumes that we looked at contained a post-doctoral training degree.
Based on our analysis of scientist resumes, the most common major for scientist candidates is Chemistry, but other majors made their way in as well. Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Pharmacy were relatively common.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Scientist Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Scientists. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Scientists to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%