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Regulatory Scientist


Regulatory Scientists are professionals that specialize in scientific research, usually in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in the international regulations that govern scientific discovery. This duel role requires extensive knowledge of a broad range of subjects and constant continuing education because of the ever-changing nature of this specialty. Regulatory scientists usually work as an intermediary between research and development teams and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is done in order to expedite quality drug development and secure final product approval with the FDA. They also coordinate all quality review activities in order to ensure that any problems with a product are identified and corrected before they are put on the market. Regulatory scientists may sometimes conclude their research by writing detailed reports and scientific papers that are submitted to professional journals for publication. This profession requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to pay close attention to detail.

Work Environment:Regulatory scientists work in a variety of settings including pharmaceutical companies, research facilities, government facilities, colleges and universities, academic medical centers, biomedical industries, and chemical plants.

High School Preparation:

High school students interested in becoming a regulatory scientist should study a wide variety of courses including biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, English, literature, physical education, computer science, sociology, and health education.

College Requirements:

Individuals interested in this profession must first obtain an undergraduate degree in a science related field. The majority of employers require an advanced degree, such as a PharmD, RPh, MS, MD, or PhD, as well as extensive experience in a regulatory or scientific area. While there is no formal certifications for this specialty, most regulatory scientists are licensed or certified by their respective professional associations (i.e. Medicine or Pharmacy)

Students interested in regulatory science should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
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Career Outlook:

The career outlook for regulatory scientists is going to be excellent over the next decade and well into the future. Pharmaceutical companies will continue to employ the greatest number of these professionals because they possess the scientific and regulatory knowledge that helps expedite the product development process. Technological advances will also have a positive impact on this specialty. Scientists will be able to use these advances in technology to conquer diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and diabetes that have affected so many lives.




Average Annual Salary



Salary Range

$39,200 - $100,900 


Professional Organizations:


Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

9650 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD


Phone: (301) 634-7021

Fax: (301) 634-7353



American Institute of Biological Sciences

1444 I St., NW,

Suite 200

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 628-1500

Fax (202) 628-1509


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