|Quick Facts: Medical Scientists|
$95,310 per year
$45.82 per hour
|Doctoral or professional degree|
|17% (Much faster than average)|
What Medical Scientists Do
Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health.
Medical scientists typically work in offices and laboratories. Most work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.
How to Become a Medical Scientist
Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some get a medical degree instead of, or in addition to, a Ph.D.
The median annual wage for medical scientists was $95,310 in May 2021.
Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 10,000 openings for medical scientists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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