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Drug Developers

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Drug developers are the scientists and technicians involved in the development of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals. 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 2018, there were 8,300 medical scientists and 3,120 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

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Curious

Organized

Scientific

Career Ladder
Company Executive

Manager of a Research Development Company

Drug Developer

Drug Development Technician

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