All data is specific to San Diego County

Fast Facts?

  • Average Annual Salary $35,901
  • Hourly Pay Entry Level: $29.67
    Median: $41.07
    Experienced: $53.87
  • Growth (2014-2019)9%
  • Openings (2014-2019)196
  • Current Employment 5,156
  • Projected Employment 5,290
  • Typical Entry-level Education Doctoral or professional degree

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Employment, 2004 - 2019

Top Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  • TECHNICAL
  • Experiments
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • NON-TECHNICAL
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Writing
  • Microsoft Excel

occupational 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

Gender Breakdown: Male/Female (percentages)