Research scientist

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How to become a Research Scientist

In order to become a research scientist, you need to have an undergraduate degree and a master's degree. Most research scientists also have, or are working toward, their doctorate. You'll take courses in biology, physical science, chemistry, and math.

Along with the education, you'll also need to complete training in conducting experiments, including two or more years of supervised lab work. Most positions at colleges and universities require a Ph.D. while jobs in the public sector and private companies will accept candidates who have a master's.

What skills help Research Scientists find jobs?

  • Research Experience
  • Machine Learning
  • AI
  • Molecular Biology
  • R
  • Natural Language Processing
  • C/C++
  • Deep Learning
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Laboratory Experience
  • Python

Career progression for Research Scientist

Education levels for Research Scientists

0%1%24%29%46%High School Diploma or GEDAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeDoctoral Degree

Based on the requirements of Research Scientist job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience72k77k82k87k92kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Research Scientist in the United States within the last three years.

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Frequently asked questions
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What qualities are necessary for success as a research scientist?

A research scientist has to have excellent analytical skills and patience. They also need flexiblility and the ability to pay meticulous attention to detail. A research scientist must work with a team, but also have the motivation to complete work on their own.

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What are some alternative careers for those who are trained as research scientists?

Professionals who have the education and background in research science can work in a number of different professions. They can work as a:

  • Teacher in a postsecondary school or vocational college
  • Natural sciences manager (which involves coordinating and supervising the operations and staff for a research company)
  • Quality control scientist
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Research chemist
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What is the career path of a research scientist?

Most research scientists start out as an associate and work their way up to a senior research position and possibly into a supervisory position.

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