What does a Research and Development 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.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Research and Development Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,968 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $86K
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Research and Development Scientist Career Path

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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.”

Assistant Scientist
Apr 16, 2021

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

Eurofins ScientificEurofins Scientific
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.”

National Physical LaboratoryNational Physical Laboratory
Higher Research Scientist
Jul 6, 2019

“e.g 9 day fortnight flexible working; Some GL's implement it and others don't.”

Randox LaboratoriesRandox Laboratories
Aug 23, 2020

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

Defence Science and Technology LaboratoryDefence Science and Technology Laboratory
Feb 13, 2020

“The salary is not the best so bear that in mind if that's your driver”

The Clorox CompanyThe Clorox Company
Sep 24, 2020

“If you have a PhD there is a very decent chance your manager will not.”

Iowa State UniversityIowa State University
Research Scientist
Sep 30, 2021

“Not much job growth unless one looks for another job elsewhere on campus or outside.”

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