Staff Scientist

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Staff scientist is a broad category, so here’s a broad definition: these professionals (usually PHDs) serve as employees at companies and nonprofits to provide a scientific backbone to decisions made at the larger organization. They research and report on the problems that specific group wants to address, in order to put hard evidence behind a mission.

Staff scientists may test products or study the broader industry and report back to boards. You can come from virtually any scientific background so long as their specialty is beneficial to the organization and they’re good enough communicators to translate complex findings into something that relates to an organization’s bottom line.

You could work for government laboratories, environmental organizations, specialist research organizations or universities, and might be responsible for designing, undertaking and analyzing information from controlled laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials.

They must have a vested interest in the field of work and be enthralled by the science of their choosing, as in doing this research they might then be working towards writing papers, going to conferences and gaining knowledge for the portfolio or project they have been tasked with researching. Staff scientists have good scientific and numerical skills in order to research and analysis data, their determination and attention detail will help them succeed.

Employment of staff scientists is said to be faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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