Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation or other research, production, technical writing, or related activities. Include medical scientists such as physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists. Exclude practitioners who provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: 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. Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $19.81   Entry $41,203.00
Mean $42.82   Mean $89,058.00
Experience $54.32 Experience $112,985.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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19-1042.00 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists