Research scientist

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Common questions about being a Research Scientist

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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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a research scientist?

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What types of companies hire research scientists?

The typical companies that hire research scientists include:

  • Government laboratories
  • Utility companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies and producers
  • Chemical companies
  • Colleges and research universities
  • Research organizations and consultant firms

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.

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