Explore career information by location
A research scientist plans and performs experiments in a wide range of areas, from medical research to natural sciences to computer science and much more. Research scientists work in many different kinds of organizations, including government agencies, universities and private businesses. Scientists often work in teams, but can also conduct research on their own.
The day-to-day duties of a research scientist vary depending on the project they're working on and the company. Some of the work involves:
The typical companies that hire research scientists include:
Depending on the company or organization, research scientist positions are either permanent or a temporary contract that lasts as long as the project is expected to take.
The overall job opportunities for research scientists is good. Over the next ten years, the projected jobs available will increase by about 13%, with entry-level positions rising by 9%. Salaries have a wide range depending on your education level and experience.