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Medical Scientist Working Conditions



Medical scientists held about 107,900 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most medical scientists were as follows:

  • Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences: 34%
  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private: 27%
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 15%
  • Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing: 6%
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories: 4%

Medical scientists usually work in offices and laboratories. They spend most of their time studying data and reports in an office or laboratory. Medical scientists sometimes work with inherently unsafe samples, but they take appropriate precautions to ensure that their environment is safe, stable, and sterile.

Most medical scientists work full time.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


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