Scientific Research and Development Services

OJT for Scientific Research and Development Services: NAICS 5417

The Scientific Research and Development Services subsector is part of the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector.

This subsector comprises establishments engaged in conducting original investigation undertaken on a systematic basis to gain new knowledge (research) and/or the application of research findings or other scientific knowledge for the creation of new or significantly improved products or processes (experimental development). The industries within this subsector are defined on the basis of the domain of research; that is, on the scientific expertise of the establishment.

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 49.8 6.5 17.4 Doctoral or professional degree None
Biological technicians 28.2 3.6 17.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Mechanical engineers 23.3 3.0 17.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Software developers, applications 21.4 2.8 28.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Software developers, systems software 20.5 2.7 17.0 Bachelor’s degree None
Natural sciences managers 20.2 2.6 17.1 Bachelor’s degree None
General and operations managers 18.8 2.4 12.4 Unknown Unknown
Biochemists and biophysicists 17.6 2.3 17.8 Doctoral or professional degree None
Chemists 17.6 2.3 17.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Electrical engineers 16.7 2.2 17.8 Bachelor’s degree None

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Mathematicians 0.8 0.1 40.8 Master’s degree None
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 0.2 0.0 35.5 Doctoral or professional degree None
Computer and information research scientists 6.6 0.9 35.3 Doctoral or professional degree None
Statisticians 6.5 0.8 33.7 Master’s degree None
Lawyers 3.5 0.5 31.7 Doctoral or professional degree None
Paralegals and legal assistants 1.2 0.2 31.6 Associate’s degree None
Operations research analysts 3.2 0.4 30.0 Bachelor’s degree None
Physicists 7.0 0.9 29.1 Doctoral or professional degree None
Software developers, applications 21.4 2.8 28.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Genetic counselors 0.1 0.0 27.4 Master’s degree None

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