What does a Research Scientist do?

Research scientists are responsible for the investigation of deficits within scientific knowledge. They devise, formulate, and execute investigative protocols and disseminate their insights through the publishing of findings in authoritative publications and documents. They are responsible for securing sufficient and pertinent funding to supplement finances, and they conduct in-house research and presentations; they spearhead data collection and interpretation and work as co-chairs for joint research undertakings.

Research scientists conduct laboratory-based experiments and trials and work in many fields including medicine, political science, computer science, and environmental science. They plan and conduct experiments that become topics of research papers and reports. They collect samples and carry out other types of field research and monitor their experiments by recording and analyzing the data. They demonstrate their procedures and remain current on new developments in scientific research. Research scientists will need a master’s degree in their field of research and to have been previously published in authoritative outlets.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Research Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,959 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$49K
Median: $77K
$120K
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Research Scientist Career Path

Learn how to become a Research Scientist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L1
Research Scientist I
$76,959/yr
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Research Scientist Insights

Read what Research Scientist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Safe Engineering Services & technologiesSafe Engineering Services & technologies
Research Scientist
Oct. 14, 2021

“Consistent and good sized raises offered so I can focus on the work and that work is rewarded.”

Toyota Research InstituteToyota Research Institute
Senior Research Scientist
Jan. 3, 2022

“class colleagues: people working here are generally highly skilled and fun to work with.”

TerraconTerracon
Assistant Scientist
Apr. 16, 2021

“The people I work with everyday are great and make what I'm doing better.”

Eurofins ScientificEurofins Scientific
Scientist
Feb. 13, 2021

“Some of the people are really good and amazing to work with and they are the only thing that really makes it manageable.”

GenomicsGenomics
Scientist
May 25, 2021

“There's some really great science happening at Genomics and some of the best minds to learn from.”

LGCLGC
Scientist
Oct. 1, 2020

“The people you work WITH there are great people and some of the best people i have ever met.”

Randox LaboratoriesRandox Laboratories
Scientist
Aug. 23, 2020

“It was impossible to have any sort of life outside randox because of these ridiculous hours and poor organisation.”

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Staff Scientist
Dec. 30, 2020

“There is a variety of projects to work on and they do a good job of keeping your schedule full.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a research scientist i

When working as a research scientist i, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, PHD, Graphpad Prism, Hplc and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to research scientist i are:
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The most common qualifications to become a research scientist i 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.