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Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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, or 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.
    • Consult with and advise physicians, educators, researchers, and others regarding medical applications of physics, biology, and chemistry.
    • Teach principles of medicine and medical and laboratory procedures to physicians, residents, students, and technicians.
    • Confer with health departments, industry personnel, physicians, and others to develop health safety standards and public health improvement programs.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge
    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $70,940/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $34.11/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,310
    • Yearly Projected Openings 430
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Spectrophotometers
    • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
    • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
    • Laboratory flasks
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.