What does a research scientist do?

Research scientists improve and prolong life by helping to prevent and cure illnesses, protect our environment, and sustain our food, water, and natural resources. They work to learn everything possible about a particular field of interest and training. They work to gain new knowledge and understanding about the unknown world and identify solutions to major problems to improve our health, environment and economic well-being.

What might a research scientist do in a workday?

Research scientists:

Research scientists may specialize in many different areas.

How much does a research scientist earn?

How do I become a research scientist?

Students interested in becoming research scientists should take the most challenging high school courses available in science, math, and English, including advanced placement courses.

The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree. A master’s or doctoral degree may be required for those who conduct advanced research or hold management and administrative jobs.

Where else can I learn about becoming a research scientist?

Association of Clinical Research Professionals
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 800 / Alexandria, VA 22314
tel:  (703) 254-8100 / web:

American Society for Microbiology
1752 N St. N.W. / Washington, DC 20036
tel:  (202) 737-3600 / web:

National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, N.W. / Washington, DC 20001
tel:  (202) 334-2000 / web:

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
9650 Rockville Pike / Bethesda, MD 20814
tel:  (301) 634-7000 / web:

American Institute of Biological Sciences
1900 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 200 / Reston, VA 20191
tel:  (703) 674-2500 / web:

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Research Scientists: