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Working As A Validation Scientist

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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Validation 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.


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.


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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Validation Scientist Career Paths

Validation Scientist
Validation Engineer Consultant Project Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Validation Engineer Consultant Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Validation Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Project Manager Quality Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Research And Development Manager
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Team Leader Production Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Director Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Quality Control Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Manufacturing Manager Research And Development Manager
Senior Manager Of Research And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Validation Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Validation Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Laboratory Manager
Clinical Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Validation Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Research And Development Scientist
Scientist Senior, Research And Development
9 Yearsyrs
Research Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Manager Of Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Validation Specialist Validation Manager Compliance Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Scientist Staff Scientist Senior Research Associate
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Director Vice President Of Research And Development
Chief Scientific Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Scientist Staff Scientist Environmental Project Manager
Senior Scientist, Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Scientist 4.9 years
Staff Scientist 3.5 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Process Scientist 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Validation Scientist
Scientist 7.2%
Consultant 4.1%
Chemist 4.1%
Internship 2.7%
Top Careers After Validation Scientist
Consultant 6.9%
Scientist 4.8%
Manager 3.7%

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How much does a Validation Scientist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Validation Scientist in the United States is $83,021 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Validation Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Process Validation Scientist Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Nov 07, 2011 $99,000 -
Validation Scientist Veqtor, LLC Northfield, IL Jan 09, 2016 $86,400
Scientist-Target Validation/Cancer Stem Cell Oncomed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2011 $81,827 -
SR. Validation Scientist NANT Holdings, LLC Elk Grove Village, IL Apr 29, 2011 $76,024 -
Senior Validation Scientist Nantpharma, LLC Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 24, 2012 $76,024 -
Senior Validation Scientist Nantpharma, LLC Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 26, 2012 $76,024 -
Validation Scientist BEPC, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Feb 24, 2016 $73,045
Validation Scientist First Boston Pharma Brockton, MA Jun 01, 2010 $70,228
Method Validation Scientist III TRIS Pharma, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $68,349
Method Validation Scientist III TRIS Pharma, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Jul 29, 2016 $68,349
Validation Scientist First Boston Pharma, LLC Brockton, MA Sep 15, 2010 $66,500 -
Validation Scientist Veqtor, LLC Northfield, IL Jan 09, 2016 $65,600
Process Validation Scientist Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Dec 12, 2011 $65,000
Senior Validation Scientist West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corporation Eatontown, NJ Sep 20, 2013 $62,000
Method Validation Scientist TRIS Pharma, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Jul 01, 2013 $59,342 -

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Top Skills for A Validation Scientist

  1. Validation Protocols
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Validation Procedures
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  • Develop validation documentation such as Cleaning Characterization, Validation Protocols and Final reports for Bio-tech/Solid Dosage facilities using EDMQ environment.
  • Performed technical writing including documentation of test methods and validation protocols in compliance with FDA regulations.
  • Worked on over 30 projects for clients and engineered creative solutions to complex problems involving chemical reactions with lab equipment.
  • Perform equipment surface sampling to be analyzed for NPOC, Drug Active Ingredient (HPLC) and Microbial Bio-burden.
  • Develop, validate and implement new analytical methods to guide product development.


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