10 Fun Careers in Medicine

Medical Scientist
Medical scientists are hard at work on the next breakthrough treatment you’ll hear about, as well as a full roster of other projects. ©iStock/Thinkstock

Because of medical scientists, we might one day use fluorescent light bulbs to delay a problem that affects about 40 million adults in the U.S.: nearsightedness [source: UAB Web Communications]. Medical scientists are also investigating the link between our diet and type 2 diabetes, in addition to countless other areas of study.

Medical science involves researching and developing ways to improve our health, and medical scientists may specialize in a specific area such as cancer prevention and treatment study, toxicology, or understanding and slowing the aging process. They study innovative ways to work with and interpret large amounts of data, run and analyze clinical trials, investigate the benefits and risks of new treatments, and develop life-saving vaccinations, medications and medical instruments.