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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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Build your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-pac...
Build your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-pac...
Build your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-pac...
Build your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-pac...
Build your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-pac...
Build your career at ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-pac...
IMMEDIATE NEED: for a R&D Engineer who is creative, passionate and a hands-on researcher with a solid background in speech processing and acoustics. MS/Phd in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Physics or Digital Signal Processing. Ideally you have built up solid experience with algorithm research in the speech domain with your PhD thesis, or equivalent from industry for this 4+ month contract a...
SENIOR QUALITY CONTROL ASSOCIATE WITH MIRCOBIOLOGY AND CELL CULTURE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT #14-01093 RECRUITER: MELISSA GIUSTI JOB LOCATION: DEVENS, MA OCTOBER 6, 2014 Project Description: The Senior Associate, QC Microbiology performs routine Bioburden, Endotoxin, and environmental monitoring testing in accordance with SOPs, safety, and cGMP guidelines to support the release and stability of...
Johnson & Johnson companies are equal opportunity employers. Customer Development Analyst-9243140422 Description Johnson & Johnson Sales and Logistics Company, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is currently recruiting for a Customer Development Analyst located in Buffalo Grove, IL. The incumbent is proficient and knowledgeable of category management fundamentals. The incumben...
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is recruiting for a Director, Global Project Leader, Instruments; this position will be located in Raritan, NJ. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) is a leading provider ofin vitrodiagnostic products and services, offering accurate, timely, and cost-effective solutions for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and confirming diseases. The company has approximately 3,800 ...
Job Title: Global Regulatory Affairs Intelligence Manager Position Description Ensures appropriate execution of a global regulatory intelligence program for global regulatory affairs. The regulatory intelligence program consists of researching, analyzing, interpreting, communicating and acting on publicly available regulatory information to drive compliance, shape future regulations and guidelin...
Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics is recruiting for Project Managers in our R&D Department and these positions can be located in either Raritan, NJ or Rochester, NY. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) is a leading provider ofin vitrodiagnostic products and services, offering accurate, timely, and cost-effective solutions for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and confirming diseases. The company has approx...
Johnson & Johnson companies are equal opportunity employers. Associate Director, Regulatory Program Management-5590140917 Description Janssen Research and Development, LLC, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting for an Associate Director, Regulatory Program Management to be located in Raritan, NJ; Titusville, NJ; or Spring House, PA. Janssen Research & Development, ...
Johnson & Johnson companies are equal opportunity employers. Group Director, R&D, Applied Science and Technology-1218140731 Description Ethicon, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is currently recruiting for a Group Director, R&D, Applied Science and Technology (AST) to be located in Somerville, New Jersey. The Ethicon business offers a broad range of products, platforms and ...
Johnson & Johnson companies are equal opportunity employers. Associate Director, Separations-2004140807 Description Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a Johnson & Johnson company, is recruiting for a Associate Director, Separations, to be located in Malvern, PA. Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C. develops treatments that improve the health and lifestyles of people worldwide. Research ...
This position is located in our IA, West Des Moines facility Gathers, analyzes, and interprets a wide variety of data. 1. Plans data collection, and analyzes and interprets statistical data from surveys, experiments, studies, and other sources. 2. Plans methods to collect information and develops questionnaire techniques according to survey design. 3. Conducts surveys, evaluates reliability of...
This position is located in our CO, Fort Carson facility S/he will plan, conduct, and complete investigations under the supervision of the lead of the project. S/he will participate in all aspects of research including data collection, organization, literature reviews, structured interviews, analysis and interpretation of basic data and will assist with the preparation of technical reports, summa...
This position is located in our MD, Bethesda facility Initiates and executes numerical model development, implementation, or data analysis in support of undersea warfare training devices, simulation tools and test facilities, for the Signature Trainer Support program. 1. Plans and performs advanced scientific studies on new and varied problems where only general objectives are stated. 2. Acts a...
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a School of Medicine academic/research/clinical department of 20 faculty members, 3 Fellows, 11 Residents, and approximately 25 staff members. The department is an active academic department, providing teaching, research and clinical service in the School of Medicine. The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is primarily responsible ...

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