Most of the time, scientific researchers work in scientific laboratories. They may work for universities, private organizations such as pharmaceutical companies, or government agencies. They may be involved in interviewing volunteers who want to be involved in their project as human subjects. They help screen candidates. They recruit and enroll eligible human subjects.
Scientific researchers must protect their human subjects’ privacy and confidentiality. They prepare various forms and documents that are relevant to the studies and research findings. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must have good interpersonal skills. They must be able to make presentations using various media such as PowerPoint. They must have strong computer skills. They must be familiar with Microsoft Office and their organization's computer system.
They must attend relevant training classes, workshops, or conferences, either as required by their company or on a voluntary basis, to keep their research skills up to date. They must read relevant scientific journals to keep up with new technology relevant to their field. They may have to train or coach new researchers. Employers require that candidates have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field (e.g., biology, chemistry). Employers prefer candidates who have a master’s degree in relevant fields and have previously performed scientific research.
Researcher, Scientific Tasks
Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media.
Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.