Medical scientists design and conduct research that investigate diseases, medical procedures, and medical devices.
A doctoral degree in biology or a related field may be required for this position. A doctorate may take an additional four-five years after the bachelor's degree is earned, depending on the specific program. Students who want to be medical scientists typically earn a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Some students go to medical school to earn a medical degree instead of a doctorate; this is another option.
The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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Typically, medical scientists work in research and development, hospitals, and universities. Medical scientists work in offices and laboratories.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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