|Position Title||Research Scientist|
|Alternate Title(s)||Government Scientist, Researcher, Research and Development (R&D) Scientist|
|Education & Training Level||Bachelors required, prefer graduate degree|
|Education & Training Level Description||Research scientists need a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field for most positions. Usually, a master’s degree or a Ph.D is preferred.|
|Brief job description||Research scientists work with government, academic institutions, manufacturers and other sectors of the wind industry to plan, manage and conduct research projects and develop scientific approaches and solutions to industry challenges.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Master’s degree or Ph.D.|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
Research scientists work with government, academic institutions, manufacturers and other sectors of the wind industry to plan, manage and conduct research projects and develop scientific approaches and solutions that address industry challenges. Projects often aim on developing technologies and systems that can produce the most electricity at the lowest cost while withstanding loads imparted by the atmosphere. Projects can include any aspect or component of the wind turbine, wind plant, or analysis of environmental or community acceptance.
When working to address industry challenges, a research scientist may:
Other tasks the research scientist may be required to perform are:
Research scientists in the wind industry could come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds including environmental scientists, geologists, wildlife biologists, atmospheric scientists, mathematicians, data scientists, social scientists, physics, computer science and materials scientists.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: