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Drug Developers

Drug Developer—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Drug developers are the scientists and technicians involved in the development of pharmaceuticals. The research and development departments of drug manufacturers employ engineers, chemists, biologists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, and other professionals to develop and test the pharmaceuticals used by doctors to treat illness and injury. In 2015, there were 5,850 medical scientists and 4,480 biochemists and biophysicists employed in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree




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Company Executive

Manager of a Research Development Company

Drug Developer

Drug Development Technician

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