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Lab Scientist (Biological Scientist)


Laboratory scientists perform experiments to help improve products and solve problems. They design and run experiments to test an idea. The results are recorded and studied. This research will vary depending on the industry in which the scientists are working.

Working Conditions

Laboratory scientists work in labs. They work standard hours. Computers are used to analyze the data they collect in experiments.


Beginning salary varies with education: bachelor's degree, $25,400; master's degree, $29,000; and doctorate degree, $52,400.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Laboratory scientists must be able to work with a team or independently and be able to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. Strong business skills and management techniques are also needed. Physical stamina may also be required in working in remote areas. Courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and English are required.

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Education & Training

A bachelor's degree is required for non-research jobs or research assistants. A master's degree is needed for management or product development. A Ph.D is needed for independent research.

Job Outlook

Job growth will be faster than average but because the Federal Government is funding fewer grants, there will be considerable competition.

Sources for Additional Information

American Institute of Biological Sciences
1444 I Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005

Biotechnology Industry Organization
1625 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006