Research and Development

Do you like to think big, are a natural problem solver and love contributing to the next generation of great ideas? If so, R&D might be the career for you!

Being a research and development (R&D) technician is a very detail-oriented position, where progress is tangible, and your contributions make a difference. Collecting data, evaluating changes, administering vaccines, and recording information are all duties you can expect to be performing. R&D techs are an essential part of the product development process. Once product research is complete, R&D techs play a crucial role in communicating with marketing and sales teams to support the commercialization of products.

Potential jobs in this field

  • Analytical Lab Technician
  • Bioinformatics Research Scientist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Research Technician
  • Process Research Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Vice President Research & Development

Potential jobs in this field

Most research and development scientists will have a degree (usually an MSc) in a relevant science subject, such as chemistry, biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, physics, biomedical sciences, engineering or computer science.

Types of things you'll do

  • Handle large datasets and perform high-level data analysis.
  • Communicate complex technical issues and developments to senior leadership.
  • Business management - remember the priorities of industry R&D are very different than academic research. In industry the major end goal is to create a product while in academia the end goal is to get a publication.
  • Tracking industry trends
  • Keep up-to-date understanding of regulatory and legal issues

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