Pre-Clinical Safety Testing Jobs

Before a drug can be tested on humans it must be considered safe and yield results when being tested on animals. Are you a detail oriented person that enjoys doing research? Can you follow procedures, document results and conduct analysis? Careers in pre-clinical safety testing require deep attention to detail to make sure the drugs are producing positive results before they are given to humans.

If you see a Pre-Clinical Safety Testing job title that looks interesting, click it to learn more about the job, required education, the salary and work environment.

Overview

Annual salary range: $30,000 – $110,000+

Education range: high school diploma to PhD

Factoid: Scientists can now breed transgenic mice, which carry genes that are similar to the genes that carry diseases in humans; mice are used as models for studying human diseases as varied as cystic fibrosis, HIV and AIDS and heart disease.

Entry Level Jobs

Histology Technician / Histologist

Description:
Preparation of slides for microscopic evaluation by pathologist(s); Process paperwork; prepares specimens for examination by the pathologist; provides assistance to pathologist during special procedures; performs histologic procedures to provide the pathologist with slides for microscopic examination

Education:
High School diploma, ASCP certification and Associate Degree preferredHigh School diploma, ASCP certification and Associate Degree preferred

Salary Range:
$38,000 – $63,000; Average: $45,250

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic industry.

Husbandry Technician

Description:
Operate cage wash equipment & critical equipment, and conduct sanitation practices for a laboratory animal facility. Daily husbandry care for a variety of laboratory animal species, including environmental enrichment and daily observations of animals’ health.

Education:
H.S. diploma; AS degree in Life Science/Animal Science is preferred

Salary Range:
$30,000-$62,400; Average: $45,292

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic industry.

Veterinary Technician

Description:
Responsible for the daily care of research animals for experimental purposes; performs some surgery and postoperative care as directed; responsible for overseeing animals and supplies, maintenance of facility equipment, cleaning of cages and racks, and observation of animal health status; supervises activities and staff of the animal facility.

Education:
High school diploma, associate’s degree in veterinary technician or related program, and/or certification in laboratory animal technology or veterinary technology and 0-3 of related experience

Salary Range:
$30,100-$48,000; Average: $38,500

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic industry.

Mid Level Jobs

Clinical Data Manager / Statistician

Description:
Develop data management plans; Generate data queries; Design and validate pre-clinical databases; Design forms for receiving, processing, or tracking data; Process pre-clinical data; Perform quality control audits; Monitor work productivity or quality; Supervise the work of data management project staff.

Education:
Master’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or another Life Science with statistical or data analysis experience.

Salary Range:
$39,300-$96,900; Average: $63,600

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic and Pharmaceutical industry.

Research Technician / Biologist

Description:
Develops sample preparation processes; performs molecular biology assay development and quantitative methods; contributes to verification and validation studies

Education:
BS degree in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 3 years of experience

Salary Range:
$33,800-$63,000; Average: $45,250

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic and Pharmaceutical industry.

Advanced Level Jobs

Director of Research and Development

Description:
Responsible for the identification, development, evaluation, and/or implementation of new technologies and products that support business goals; identifies, defines, solves and/or prevents problems of a broad scope and high complexity.

Education:
BS or MS with at least 10-15 years experience, PhD in related discipline and 8-10 years experience preferred

Salary Range:
$47,100 – $215,400; Average: $102, 500

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industry.

Pathologist

Description:
Conduct research on human diseases and improving health; primarily conduct research

Education:
Doctoral or Professional degree; no experience required

Salary Range:
$50,700-$95,225; Average: $75,500

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Toxicologist

Description:
Designs and oversees toxicology studies; participates in the assessment of products and initiates any needed testing

Education:
PhD in biological sciences or MD and 0-2 years of experience

Salary Range:
$70,800-$110,200; Average: $90,500

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Case Study

Matt – Advanced Testing Lab

“My bioscience job allows me to travel to exotic places.”

When Matt began the BioMedical Manufacturing program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College he assumed that he would be focused on science and scientific processes. He had always been interested in science, graduating from college with a Minor in Biology. International regulatory affairs was the furthest thing from his mind.

But today in his role as a Cosmetics Regulatory and Clearance Specialist for Advanced Testing Labs, his job is to make sure that Proctor and Gamble can legally and safely sell health and beauty products across the globe, despite a dizzying array of laws and regulations that differ from country to country.

When Proctor and Gamble sells cosmetics a beauty care products in the US, there is no small number of regulatory issues and hurdles to jump through. P & G and other manufacturers must comply with a range of requirements from the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Toxic Substances Control Act and others are charged with keeping products safe for humans to use. As if getting clearance from those agencies weren’t complicated enough, when those products go overseas they need to be cleared through similar processes specific to the other countries where P&G shampoos, makeup, and shaving products are sold.

During the program at Cincinnati State, Matt furthered his understanding of science and how it goes into making these products, but became particularly interested in the regulations that allow those products to be sold. He attended three evenings a week for eight weeks, allowing him to work part time while completing the program.

Today, he works for Advanced Testing Lab which is a contractor to Proctor and Gamble. He researches foreign and domestic regulatory agencies to determine what they need to know about P&G products and the chemicals in them, and uses his knowledge of those chemicals and bio manufacturing to make sure products can be sold.