Regulatory Scientist

Help new drugs get approval by providing information to the FDA.
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Salary Range
$50,000 – $139,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Regulatory Scientists do?

The field in which Regulatory Scientists work is an up-and-coming specialty in the scientific community. While it’s not a new position, it has lacked the scientific emphasis (and funding) of other areas, such as biomedicine. But the role of the Regulatory Scientist is nonetheless an important one.

What is that role? In simple terms, a Regulatory Scientist bridges the gap between Research Scientists and oversight committees, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What does bridging the gap mean? It means that as a Regulatory Scientist, you specialize in understanding regulations around a particular industry. In addition, you relate to and understand the results that Biomedical Engineers and Scientists produce. So you gather information from the science side and relay it to the governmental side, translating as you go.

Your position is important not only because you increase the fluid travel of information, but also because you streamline the process. A prime example is gaining approval for new or improved medications. The research and development portion of the process is extensive, expensive, and well supported. But once a medicine is created, there’s a lengthy wait before it gets approved and into consumer hands.

It’s your job to minimize that timeline, bringing life-saving, disease-treating, health-aiding products to the market in a quicker, more efficient, and safer manner.

Your expertise in all things scientific combined with all things regulatory allow you to conduct research, develop new drugs, report findings to medical journals, and ensure safety, quality, and performance of drinking water, food, and medications.

Should I be a Regulatory Scientist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Regulatory Scientist

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