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Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
(SOC Code : 19-1042)
in California

Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation or other research, production, technical writing, or related activities. Include medical scientists such as physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists. Exclude practitioners who provide medical or dental care or dispense drugs.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Doctor's degree .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20131st Qtr$45.70$32.73$42.61$53.72

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 202027,80039,30011,50041.41,320

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Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Clinical Laboratory Cytogeneticists Department of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist LicenseDepartment of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist TraineeDepartment of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Immunohematologist Scientist Trainee Department of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Hematologist Scientist Trainee Department of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Limited License Department of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Lab Immunohematologist Scientist Limited LicenseDepartment of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Hematologist Scientist Limited LicenseDepartment of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Lab Histocompatibility Scientist Limited LicenseDepartment of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory Toxicologist License Department of Public Health
Division for Health Care Quality
Laboratory Field Services
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs
Clinical Laboratory ScientistCalifornia Department of Public Health
www.cdph.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Scientific Research and Development Svc 6,17038.7%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,67518.7%
Colleges and Universities 2,31716.4%
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing 37211.2%
Offices of Physicians 63,2182.1%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 30,0542.1%
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 3,4061.8%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Anatomy
Biochemistry
Biomedical Sciences, General
Biophysics
Biostatistics

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.
Study animal and human health and physiological processes.
Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.
Write and publish articles in scientific journals.
Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
Use equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, electron microscopes, flow cytometers, and chromatography systems.
Prepare and analyze organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.
Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.
Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Alternate Titles
Cancer Researchers; Cell Culture Scientists; Clinical Laboratory Scientists; Clinical Pharmacologists; Clinical Research Associates; Clinical Research Directors; Clinical Researchers; Clinical Research Scientists; Cytologists; Toxicologists; Virologists
 
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