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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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About Alcoa Alcoa is the world's leading integrated aluminum company, providing jobs to 61,000 employees across 31 countries. Since inventing the modern-day aluminum industry more than 120 years ago, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets. Aluminum ...
About Alcoa Alcoa is the world's leading integrated aluminum company, providing jobs to 61,000 employees across 31 countries. Since inventing the modern-day aluminum industry more than 120 years ago, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets. Aluminum ...
Tetra Tech, a leader in consulting, engineering, environmental science and technical services worldwide has challenging opportunities for highly motivated professionals in our growing Technical Support Services Division. We are a diverse company, embracing talented individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Our strength lies in collectiv...
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. We are a diverse company, including individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Our strength is in collectively providing integrated services—delivering the best solutions to meet our clients' needs. With more than 14,000 employees, 350 offices ...
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...
Connexion Systems & Engineering, a Boston based IT and Engineering Solutions Company immediately seeks individuals with the following skills: Job# bh3069 Biomed Eng./Technician Bachelor's or Foreign Equivalent in Biomedical Engineering or Related Field and 5 years of experience in the above mentioned job duties. Will accept any combination of education, training and/or experience as equivalent ...
Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs Location: Iselin, NJ Duration: 6 months Requirements: -At least a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences (preferably a Master’s degree) -Minimum of 10 years general Regulatory industry experience, with the preponderance of experience being in the area of Regulatory advertising and promotion review. Responsibilities: Promotional material (75%): -Collaborate wit...
WuXi AppTec is seeking a laboratory technician to join a highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary team in the development and implementation of new cell-based and molecular assays. Job functions include (but are not limited to): • Perform cell-based potency assays, viral titration, viral neutralization, and other cell-based assays. • Conducts assays and lab procedures according to and in compli...
Description IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE A MORE HEALTHY, SAFE AND SATISFYING ENVIRONMENT TO OUR EMPLOYEES, INDIVIDUALS TO WHOM JOB OFFERS ARE EXTENDED MAY UNDERGO NICOTINE TESTING AS A PART OF THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROCESS. Obtains patient samples, performs requested analysis of patient specimens, reports results to the physician and is responsible for quality control, equipment maintenance, quality ass...
ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. ATK delivers affordable innovation in developing and manufacturing highly engineered products and solutions to our customers around the world. ATK Aerospace Group is the world?s top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and a leading supplier of military and commerci...
A global Medical Device manufacturer seeks a highly experienced Computer Validation expert to assist in building out a global CSV model. This is a permanent full-time role, base salary dependent on experience but within $130k - $200k base salary range. It is work from home – but high travel – nationally and internationally – over 60% - to places such as Boston, Orlando, San Diego, China, Korea a...
Description IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE A MORE HEALTHY, SAFE AND SATISFYING ENVIRONMENT TO OUR EMPLOYEES, INDIVIDUALS TO WHOM JOB OFFERS ARE EXTENDED MAY UNDERGO NICOTINE TESTING AS A PART OF THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROCESS. Under the direction of the Medical Directors and management staff, is responsible for the quality and quantity of work performed on all patients from neonates to geriatric patients e...
Overview Do YOU have great ideas? Want to work in an environment that will nurture your professional development? Come and join Teva on its journey of growth. Teva has been cultivating excellence for over a century, and is, today, a worldwide leading generic pharmaceutical company and one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. As a forward-looking global pharmaceutical company, Teva...
Overview Do YOU have great ideas? Want to work in an environment that will nurture your professional development? Come and join Teva on its journey of growth. Teva has been cultivating excellence for over a century, and is today a worldwide leading generic pharmaceutical company and one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. As a forward-looking global pharmaceutical company, Teva s...
Overview Do YOU have great ideas? Want to work in an environment that will nurture your professional development? Come and join Teva on its journey of growth. Teva has been cultivating excellence for over a century, and is, today, a worldwide leading generic pharmaceutical company and one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. As a forward-looking global pharmaceutical company, Teva...
Overview The Manager/Sr. Manager, Promotional Review & Labeling will be primarily responsible for the regulatory review of advertising and promotional materials for assigned products within the Teva pharmaceuticals portfolio. The portfolio includes products in the respiratory, CNS, oncology, pain, and women’s health therapeutic areas. Overview Do YOU have great ideas? Want to work in an environ...
Overview Do YOU have great ideas? Want to work in an environment that will nurture your professional development? Come and join Teva on its journey of growth. Teva has been cultivating excellence for over a century, and is, today, a worldwide leading generic pharmaceutical company and one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. As a forward-looking global pharmaceutical company, Teva...
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies, for energy efficiency and for environmental protection. Saint-Gobain is a welcoming, solid, open-minded company that offers long-term career opportunities. The Northboro R&D Center focusing on...
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies, for energy efficiency and for environmental protection. Saint-Gobain is a welcoming, solid, open-minded company that offers long-term career opportunities. The Research and Development Enginee...
The Senior Environmental Engineer will ensure compliance with environmental regulations and permits. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Development, modification, and implementation of environmental permits, plans, and company procedures to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and corporate programs, procedures, policies, and manuals. Leading internal departments...

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