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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 position ensures that processes and systems; such as IQ/OQ/PQ of facilities, equipment and analytical laboratory software, within the cGMP laboratory support groups, are fully qualified and performing efficiently. Responsible for developing, recommending, and executing validation strategies and designing studies for the purpose of providing documented evidence that a systems, equipment, inst...
Oversees all aspects of management of laboratory operations within the different functional groups of the GMP, GCL, Vaccines & Biologics or Bio-Analytical laboratories. Ensures productivity, efficiency and quality of the work are maintained and financial objectives of the business are achieved. Oversees the development and implementation of laboratory systems and processes. Ensures client delivera...
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 Project Manager- Patient Recruitment (PM) is responsible for researching and understanding the scope of the project in order to develop the appropriate patient recruitment services strategies (i.e., media materials, advertisements, etc.). The PM will coordinate the overall design and development of patient recruitment materials and execute and manage the awarded program. The position will be r...
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...
PURPOSE Manage a team of Biostatistics staff. Provide direction and guidance in carrying out project assignments, interfacing with clients and other internal departments, and applying advanced statistical methods to project work. Communicate on project progress, staffing, and resource allocation with the Director, Biostatistics, as needed. Perform expert reviews jointly with other Biostatistics m...
Scientist Principal R&D – Navigation Systems At Honeywell, our people are driven by a desire to contribute, be challenged and grow. Our people make Honeywell a special company and are a key competitive advantage Honeywell Aerospace has nearly 40,000 employees around the world and 2013 revenue of approximately $12 billion. Thousands of Honeywell Aerospace technologies, products and services are f...
ATR International has been a leader in the staffing industry since 1988, placing professionals in the industry's most innovative companies. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Chemist with one of our important clients. Position Information: Job Title: Senior Chemist Location: Brooklyn Center, MN Duration: 5 Months Compensation: DOE Contact Information: Andrew Bramley: And...
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 ...
Company: Yoh Senior Research Associate needed for a contract opportunity with Yoh's client located in South San Francisco, CA. Top Skills Should You Possess: - Cell based assays - qPCR What You'll Be Doing: - Seeking an experienced individual for a Research Associate/Sr Research Associate within the Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology group. - The successful candidate will be responsible ...
Company: Yoh HTA Submissions Specialist needed for a contract opportunity with Yoh's client located in Thousand Oaks, CA. Top Skills You Should Possess: - HTA / reimbursement submissions - Pharmaceutical industry experience - Dossier development What You'll Be Doing: - Provide writing support to prepare the required clinical and economic sections of a country specific HTA / reimbursement su...
Solenis is a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power, and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operatio...
JOB SUMMARY: The food scientist is responsible for formulation improvements and product development. This position will assist/lead specification development, formulation development, testing methodologies, and process development/improvement activities in accordance with cGMPs 21CFR111 for dietary supplements. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: · Technical resource for formulation development and improvemen...
The Quality Assurance department plays a critical role in the daily operations of the facility. The primary function of the department is to ensure compliance with c-GMP, domestic and international, as well as direction and oversight of internal quality systems requirements for the facility. The department is entirely separate from and independent of the personnel engaged in the direction and cond...
Our client is seeking a self-motivated experienced scientist with strong interpersonal and problem solving skills for the role of Scientist II - Operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of projects including the preparation and analysis of tobacco samples using standard laboratory equipment. This candidate will also possess strong wet chemistry knowledge, as well...
Auditor Principal Specialist GCP Requirements: - Bachelor degree preferably in a life / medical / natural sciences or scientific discipline - 10 to 14 years of pharmaceutical (or related) experience with BA or 8 to 12 years with advanced degree, e.g. MBA, MS, PharmD, PhD. This includes a minimum of 6 years of Clinical Quality Assurance related experience and/or experience in Clinical Trials suc...
Please note this is a 1+ month contract position Skills: Skincare Products experience, Chemist, QA/Lab Experience. Responsibilities •The Scientist I/II l supports a broad range of consumer products within Skin Care, Oral Care, and Consumer Health Care Brands. Responsibilities and accountabilities include providing technical support to TT staff in emulsions, surfactants, liquids product developm...
Job Title: Quality Control Analyst I Location: Allston, Massachusetts Duties: This individual will report to the QC shift Supervisor in the Allston Quality Control laboratory and will contribute to general operations and testing of the QC Microbiology laboratory. QC Analyst I works independently under general supervision. Primary responsibilities include, but are notlimited to the following: co...
Qualifications: With guidance from supervision and within established procedures, conducts routine research laboratory activities, information/data management activities or operates small scale production equipment in support of research and development. Identifies and suggests improvements in methods, plans projects of limited duration and scope, troubleshoots when erroneous or unexpected result...

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