Medical Scientist at a Glance

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Best States for Medical Scientist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
California 25,970 $93,770 $45
Massachusetts 9,270 $97,810 $47
Maryland 4,390 $93,490 $45

Becoming a Medical Scientist

Students planning a career as a medical scientist should earn a bachelor's degree in a biological science, with coursework that includes chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Medical Scientists typically hold a Ph.D in biology or a related life science, or a medical degree, or both. Postgraduate students may choose to pursue a joint M.D. and Ph.D to learn both clinical and research skills.

Several schools offer online degrees in life sciences such as biology. Students should consult the admissions requirements of graduate schools if their goal is to eventually enroll in a medical or doctoral degree program in biology or a related life science. A sampling of classes in a bachelor's degree program in biological sciences may include:

  • Understanding Cellular Processes
  • Understanding Microbiology
  • Understanding Scientific Research
  • Understanding the Human Body

Medical scientists who administer invasive medical procedures on patients, such as drawing blood, excising tissue, or administering drug or gene therapy, must be licensed physicians. To qualify for licensure, physicians must graduate from an accredited medical school, pass a licensing examination, and complete one to seven years of graduate medical education.