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Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
District Of Columbia

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Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.

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Currently Employed: 360

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $36.52 - $64.07

Typical Annual Salary: $76,000 - $133,300

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.
  • Study animal and human health and physiological processes.
  • Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.
  • Write and publish articles in scientific journals.
  • Use equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, electron microscopes, flow cytometers, and chromatography systems.
  • Prepare and analyze organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.
  • Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
  • Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
  • Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Laboratory flasks
  • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
  • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
  • Spectrophotometers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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