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How to become a Scientist

There are distinct steps an individual needs to observe to become a scientist.

  1. Obtain a bachelor's degree in science or its equivalent. Upon the completion of a bachelor's degree in a related science field, proceed to a Master of Science degree or any other relevant master's degree. You should consider registering for a Ph.D. program upon the completion of a master's degree.
  2. Enroll for a Foundation degree program for further training. This course provides science professionals with professional development.
  3. Acquire relevant certifications such as Soil Science- APSS certification, Environmental Science- CES Examination, Laboratory Animal Technologist Certification, Pathologist- ASCP Board of Certification and IT Certifications- MCPD.

What skills help Scientists find jobs?

  • Laboratory Experience
  • Research Experience
  • GLP
  • CGMP
  • Research & Development
  • Assays
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Communication Skills
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Data Collection
  • R

Career progression for Scientist

Education levels for Scientists

1%2%27%35%36%High School Diploma or GEDAssociate's DegreeMaster's DegreeDoctoral DegreeBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of 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 experience63k71k80k89k97kAnnual salary in USD

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

Common qualifications for Scientists

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist Certification
  • Medical Technologist
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • ASCP Certification
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Driver's License
  • CAP
  • Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Professional Engineer
  • Forklift Certification
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist License
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Scientist

In which fields can a scientist work and what soft skills do they require to thrive in their chosen field?

A scientist can work in various fields such as military science, food science, earth science, criminal science, neuroscience, archaeological science and computer science, among others.

Employees in the field of science require a unique set of skills and competencies to enable them to succeed. Such skills are the ability to pay attention to detail; the ability to work collaboratively in a team and communicate effectively; the ability to gather, record, analyze and report data accurately; ability to adjust to a professional work environment; the ability to face long working hours; genuine mastery of work discipline, diverse scientific method and problem-solving skills; ability to adapt knowledge to different perspectives; dedication to work, excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

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