What does a Medical Scientist do?

Medical scientists help develop new medical breakthroughs that aim to benefit humanity. They are involved in extensive research and the performance of clinical trials to find and discover the effects of the application of new drugs and vaccines. Medical scientists are responsible for running trial procedures on volunteer test groups and individual subjects seeking to discover how drugs interact with the patients. While these procedures are typically safe, at times it requires using dangerous substances which requires a medical scientist to follow the necessary safety protocol and procedures to ensure safety for all.

Medical scientists' end result goal is to provide new treatment options, drugs, and vaccines to enhance human health. They perform research on specimens including bacteria and viruses and review the results. They interview patients and review their medical history to decide if they qualify for a testing group. They decipher which group will be offered a trial medication and which will be offered a placebo. Often, medical scientists are often in pursuit of a doctor of philosophy in biological sciences while some choose a medical degree including a doctor of medicine instead. Prior to this, they must have a bachelor's degree in biology or a medical health-related subject.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Medical Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹51,972 /month
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Medical Scientist Career Path

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Ovation FertilityOvation Fertility
12 May 2020

“It was a great close net group of people to work with and a nationally recognized lab”

Senior Medical Scientist
10 Feb 2021

“Great for training and education.”

University of FloridaUniversity of Florida
Medical Scientist III
9 Mar 2021

“Not many opportunities for career development”

Wellness Corporate SolutionsWellness Corporate Solutions
Biometric Screener
2 Jul 2020

“Most staff is pleasant to work with.”

Health Service ExecutiveHealth Service Executive
Medical Scientist
29 May 2021

“Great Colleagues to work with.”

Austin HealthAustin Health
Medical Scientist
31 Oct 2020

“Absolutely no career progression.”

Indiana Professional Management GroupIndiana Professional Management Group
Medical Model Specialist
21 Oct 2020

“You work from home.”

Utah Retirement SystemsUtah Retirement Systems
Biometric Screener
13 Aug 2021

“The team I worked with was well organized and friendly, and I feel our boss truly cares.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a medical scientist

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The most common qualifications to become a medical scientist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.