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R and D Industry Overview


Companies involved in research and development (R and D) employ scientists, but they also need to fill many other R and D jobs, including those for statisticians, data managers, regulatory specialists, QA managers and others who support those who make scientific breakthroughs, apply discoveries and bring new products to market.

An R and D career typically revolves around one of three activities: conducting basic research, applying research findings or developing new products. The vast majority of jobs in R and D are found in physics, engineering or life sciences. Only about 12 percent of R and D job opportunities are found in economics, sociology, anthropology and psychology.

R and D Job Market


Several factors will influence the number of R and D jobs going forward. In the biotechnology industry, pharmaceutical companies have a record number of products in the pipeline as they seek to replace revenue lost from expiring drug patents. That pressure will keep merger-and-acquisition activity high, Life Science Digest predicts.

In 2012, federal government spending on R and D will drop while industrial and academic spending will rise, R&D Magazine predicts. Defense industry R and D jobs could be influenced by a $2.5 billion spending cut in Defense Department-funded research, the magazine says.Between 2010 and 2020, R and D employment will be quite robust, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts. It predicts:

  • Medical scientist jobs will grow 36 percent.
  • Biochemist and biophysicist jobs will grow 31 percent.
  • Physicist jobs and astronomer jobs will grow 14 percent.
  • Statistician jobs will grow 14 percent.
  • Chemist and materials scientist jobs will grow 4 percent.


R and D Salaries


Scientist salaries are typically tied to the amount of education needed for the particular job, with the highest salaries going to those with advanced degrees.

The mean salary for all life sciences R and D jobs was $76,140, the BLS says.

Statisticians working in R and D earned mean salaries of $86,370 in 2011, the BLS says.

The median salary for a clinical data manager working in R and D is $66,800, according to online salary database PayScale.com. Regulatory specialists in R and D earned a median of $55,900 and regulatory affairs directors in R and D earned a median of $146,000, PayScale reports.

QA managers’ median salary was $89,500 in 2012, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) reports. Having ASQ certification may boost a quality manager’s salary by $10,000, the ASQ says.
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This section focuses on the main purpose of the job in one to four sentences. This position is responsible for complaint handling activities, specifically the processing of low-risk complaints (not associated with death or serious injury). Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This section contains a list of five to eight primary responsibilities of this role that account for 5% or more of the wo...
We are a small, private, medical device start-up company launching our first product. We are looking for a hands-on Senior Software Engineer to support the organization in support of the Company’s goals and objectives. The ideal candidate would have had previous medical device experience. This position will report directly to the Senior Director of R&D. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other...
This section focuses on the main purpose of the job in one to four sentences. Under limited supervision within the Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls regulatory team, responsible for the implementation of complex regulatory strategies, obtaining and maintaining marketing authorizations for product(s) and communication of general regulatory requirements in support of licensing of Baxters produc...
Looking for clinical project management experience on multiple projects, budgeting, and monitoring (or site coordinator) experience. The candidate also needs to be willing to go out and monitor as well- sort of like a working supervisor that monitors in the field; not always but when needed based on needing their expertise in the field for site selection or interim monitoring visits. Someone who h...
AMEC is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services to its customers in the world's oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. With annual revenues of some £4.2 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets and employs over 29,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide. See amec.com. AMEC shares are tr...
Seeking numerous Compounding Assistants for consulting positions at a major pharmaceutical client in Fort Worth, TX 76134. Pay rate: $14/hour The contract duration is initially 5 months, with possible extension Candidates must be able to work 2nd or 3rd shift Education: Thirty (30) hours of college credits including two chemistry courses with laboratory (8 hours), and two or more years of external...
Description: Are you an innovative Mechanical Engineer interested in working within a small team of high-caliber R&D engineers? Do you enjoy performing pure research with practical to create market solutions? Our NASDAQ client has been in business over 30 years and currently seeks a Sr. Mechanical Engineer for a newly opened position. If you enjoy intellectual and technical challenges in a highly...
Develop products with superior design leveraging expertise in food chemistry, food ingredient functionality and experimental design supporting the Quaker and GNG businesses. Translate consumer needs and market trends into strategic and tactical product innovation and renovation projects Key Accountabilities Utilize scientific methods to develop knowledge that creates business opportunities that su...
Develop products with superior design leveraging expertise in food chemistry, food ingredient functionality and experimental design supporting the Quaker and GNG businesses. Translate consumer needs and market trends into strategic and tactical product innovation and renovation projects Key Accountabilities Utilize scientific methods to develop knowledge that creates business opportunities that su...
BioClinica is looking for intelligent, creative and dedicated professionals to join our growing team. We are company that values technical excellence,teamwork and a commitment to success. We employ cutting edge technology to provide our customers with industry leading solutions and currently seeking to fill the position of Clinical Data Manager to work out of our Portland, OR office. Position Desc...
The Senior Biostatistician is responsible for providing statistical support as assigned by the Manager. He/She participates in the development of study protocols including participation in study design discussions. He/She also reviews CRFs and data edits and may serve as primary biostatistician on one or more projects. This person develops statistical analysis plans including analysis file and rep...
Please note this is a 1 year contract position Skills:Consumer Products, cGMP Lab Notebook, Skin Care Products experience RECENT Chemical Engineer with 6 months to 1 year industry experience. The Scientist will support formulation and manufacturability for a broad range of consumer products such as Skin Care, Beauty Care, Oral Care, Wound Care and Women’s Health Care. The Scientist will be respons...
Regulatory Affairs Specialist The professional to be considered for this position will carry out regulatory filing/registration, including change notifications and registration amendments Maintain, develop and submit DMF annual updates and amendments to FDA Review DMF dossiers, perform consistency and plausibility check, contribute with scientific skills, knowledge and experience to US specific Mo...
Research Scientist at EMD Serono Overview: We are seeking a highly motivated MS/PhD scientist to join the research team of the Translational Oncology Group at the EMD Serono Research & Development Institute, Billerica, MA. The center is located in a suburban setting approximately 12 miles from Cambridge, MA. Company Information: Striving to transform lives through medical science: EMD Serono is th...
Director of Regulatory Affairs We are looking for a Director of Regulatory Affairs to join our medical device industry located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ideal candidate will have a BS in Biology with 7 years of quality experience with 5 years of management experience; a CQA or equivalent ASQ certification is required. This is a direct hire opportunity. There is relocation assistance available f...
The Scientist will support formulation and manufacturability for a broad range of consumer products such as Skin Care, Beauty Care, Oral Care, Wound Care and Women’s Health Care. The Scientist will be responsible for the following: Lab batching for various consumer products cGMP lab notebook documentation Measuring Brookfield viscosity, pH and aesthetic monitoring of stability samples Writing spec...
Synageva BioPharma Corp. JOB DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE Purification Process Scientist/Sr. Scientist REPORTING RELATIONSHIP Director of Process Sciences DATE AVAILABLE Immediately LOCATION Lexington, MA RESPONSIBILITIES TheProcess Scientistwill be responsible for supportingdownstream process development activities. The candidate for this position will be an integral member of the Process Development te...
WES Pharma Inc is a privately owned emerging specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of OTC and Rx solid and liquid generic products. QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER Job Description: The Quality Assurance Manager position is responsible for implementation of quality system and overseeing all quality related functionswithin the facility. The primary functi...
Duration: 6 Months Location: Gaithersburg, MD Job Description The Labeling Operations Proofreader/Regulatory Assistant is responsible for supporting development and implementation of new and revised printed labeling for assigned products, primarily in a proofreading capacity. Depending on ability, the candidate may also provide other operational support to ensure labeling document integrity and de...
Regulatory Scientist Assistant - III Must have: - BS Chemistry, Biology, Engineering - Regulatory experience - Pharmaceutical/Biological manufacturing or Quality experience - Experience preparing CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing, Controls) post approval submissions - Experience with Trackwise and regulatory tracking databases Traits: - Proactive and highly productive - Sound judgment - Attention to d...
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