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How Do I Become a Medical Professional? - Medical Scientist Training. Jobs and Salaries Increase 2012 - 2022.

Updated on July 23, 2014
Visions of the future in the 1940 Los Angeles Christmas Parade.
Visions of the future in the 1940 Los Angeles Christmas Parade.

Health Across a Longer Lifespan and Into Space

We hear a lot about health and medical professions increasing in new job titles, in numbers of positions, and in salaries and benefits in the 21st Century. We know that this is attributable to the aging populations of Canada and America and the fact that the fastest-growing age cohort since the early 1990s is females over 80 years of age. With longevity comes the medical conditions and diseases inherent to the aging progress. A professor of mine once said that it would be be good to live out that longevity in the best of health possible and to die suddenly, without medical suffering. Health professions and the field of medicine today strive to accomplish that goal.

In addition to the events of aging, new technologies are available to help people from birth to old age. One of these advances is the range of at-home health screening kits that are becoming available, some scannable with a cell phone app. Another advance is the growing of organs through the use of powdered pig tissue in a matrix application in the laboratory and in the patient when surgically applied. A third advance is the new universe of prosthetic devices, some that have come very near allowing amputees to compete in the Olympic Games rather than the Paralympics. One of the most recent advances is the Canadian discovery of a process by which a patient's own skin cells can be changed into blood for transfusions.

The concept of traveling and living in outer space and on other planets opens a new variety of research and emerging jobs in the 2010s. The book The Hazards of Space Travel, A Tourist's Guide by Neil F. Comins, PhD is a good look into that future. Dr. Comins gives some reality-based scenarios and how to overcome them. Living in space won't be the easiest feat, but can be done.

All of these futuristic developments and many more lead medical and health careers to be on the list of Top 10 Jobs for the future in the USA. While other job titles on the list are forecast to increase significantly by 2020, health and medical jobs will easily increase through 2030, 2050, and the end of the century.

Health and Medical Professions in the Kiplinger Top 10 List

A total of 6 out of the Top 10 highest demand jobs forecasted through 2020 by Kiplinger Magazine are health and medical professions. All but one require at least a 4-year college degree.

*This Hub discusses the qualifications and training required for Medical Scientist, below.



Individuals can begin in the Home Health Aide or Personal Care Aide position and work up to Physician, given available opportunities for educational grants and workplace tuition reimbursement programs, as described below.

MEDICAL SCIENTISTS - Jobs and Earnings Increase in the 2010s

During Easter Week 2012, over 11,000 jobs as Medical Scientist were available across the Internet in all related job postings. Salaries are falling between $40,000 minimum to above $120,000 per year, with benefits. Most of the jobs fall between $60,000 to $110,000.

During Thanksgiving Week 2010, over 10,300 jobs as a Medical Scientist or a related position were listed on and in America, with most annual salaries falling between $30,000 to $90,000, the largest spike being at $50K - $70K.

Not all of these positions required a PhD (Doctorate degree), as the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the US Department of Labor lists in their qualifications data. However, the highest-paid positions in medical science are in the highest educational levels. Individuals that earn a PhD and an MD have the most advantages in the field of medical science.

  1. Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  2. Pharmadiversity
  3. Kelly Scientific Resources
  4. California Correctional Health Care
  5. Lighthouse Recruiting
  6. Aerotek
  7. Quest Diagnostics
  8. Beckman Coulter
  9. SUNY Upstate
  10. Albany Medical Center
  11. Beckman Coulter
  12. Kaiser Permanente
  13. US Navy
  14. Genzyme Corporation
  15. Weill Cornell Medical College
  16. Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  17. Cedars-Sinai
  18. Eli Lilly and Company
  19. Merck
  20. Elsevier

The Top 7 Locations for these jobs are

  1. Albany NY,
  2. Los Angeles,
  3. Seattle,
  4. Cambridge MA,
  5. Indianapolis,
  6. San Francisco,
  7. Boston

Medical Scientist Job Listings

Increase of 8% in job listings for 18 months 2009-10.
Increase of 8% in job listings for 18 months 2009-10. | Source
Slight fluctuations, but overall much higher in listings from 2010-2012.  See higher % in Y-Axis.
Slight fluctuations, but overall much higher in listings from 2010-2012. See higher % in Y-Axis. | Source

Jeans for Genes

Jeans for Genes Day is an important annual fundraiser of the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Australia.
Jeans for Genes Day is an important annual fundraiser of the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Australia. | Source

What Do Medical Scientist Candidates Study?

Students interested in medical science study the STEM courses in the high school years: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Sciences include biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Botany is useful in its relationship to human health, vaccines, and medicines. English language and grammar and writing are of the utmost important in American positions. Mathematics extends into trigonometry and calculus for this career field. High School AP Courses sometimes fullfil the undergraduate requirements of a pre-medical science program -- check with the individual college.

A standard course of study at the university level is the PhD Program in Biological Sciences, requiring 6+ years work. Specialties can include genetics, pathology, and bioinformatics. A combination MD-PhD program is often offered at medical colleges, requiring 7 or 8 years of clinical and research training. Drug administration, gene therapies, blood draws, and invasive procedures in research require a medical license with the local state board.

At the same time, some Masters Degree Level workers in medical science are also successful in appropriate positions, having completed Masters level work in the same courses.


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    • marimccants profile image


      9 years ago

      Great information Patty. It's a great achievement that is very fulfilling.

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      Support Med. 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      The Medical Profession is definitely open to all possibilities, and not limited to only nurses. Being a Medical Scientist sounds rewarding in more ways than one. Voted and rated.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      A wonderful tip and help for somebody who would like to become a Medical Professional.

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      10 years ago from portugal

      Love this. It is inspirational to know that you can virtually get anywhere you want - given you have the motivation and the stamina.

      You're a great inspiration yourself, Patty, with your Hubs - I've only just started to take my Hubbing life seriously :)


    • susannah42 profile image


      10 years ago from Florida

      I truly enjoyed this hub. What an inspiration, people who have a passion for their goal can do great things.

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      India Arnold 

      10 years ago from Northern, California

      Sounds like one amazing person. You are so right, it would indeed be a very long way up! I assume it be worth the climb however. Nice job as always Patty.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks, K9. It's a long way up, considering the workload, but I've known people in their early 60s proceed from HHA to RN and love it. One retired and joined Peace Corp as a nurse.

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      10 years ago from Northern, California

      I feel you provide a great tip when stating someone can start at the Home Health Aide level and work their way up. They would be immersed in the field, making an income and also learning first hand. Wonderful information for anyone who wants to become a medical professional. Up and awesome!



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