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15 Hottest Healthcare Fields of 2009

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Medical Scientists

Medical scientists research various human diseases though laboratory research, clinical investigation and drug application review. They study biological systems and develop treatments to combat things like cancer, AIDS, and malaria. Medical scientists may specialize in pharmaceutical development, applied research, or product development, among others. Most medical scientists hold a PhD or MD.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 45,000

    Projected Growth: 18-26%

    Median Wage: $31/hr

Swift advances in basic medical knowledge related to genetics and organic molecules have spurred growth in the field of biotechnology. New drug developments and discoveries mean medical scientists are in demand, and greater government oversight of these developments will also mean more government-funded research.

Medical scientists work in a variety of settings, such as research universities, private industries, and government laboratories. Medical scientists are on the cutting edge of the newest medical technologies and developments.


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