Biomedical Scientist

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    Biomedical scientists carry out experiments on samples of body fluids and tissue to help develop solutions to threatening diseases. As a biomedical scientist, you’ll carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests on tissue samples and fluids to help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. You’ll also evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.

     

    Types of Biomedical Scientist

    Biomedical scientists usually specialize in one of three areas:

    • infection sciences;
    • blood sciences;
    • cellular sciences.

     

    Employers of Biomedical Scientists

    • Universities
    • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
    • Clinical pathology laboratories
    • Private hospitals
    • Forensic laboratories
    • Veterinary services

     

    Duties

    • analyzing specimens of blood, tissues, urine and faeces for chemical constituents using sophisticated computer-aided and automated testing procedures.
    • analyzing cultures grown from samples
    • identifying blood groups
    • interpreting results for and liaising with medical staff
    • monitoring the effects of treatment and medication
    • maintaining accurate records
    • writing medical reports

     

    Qualifications

    You can take a BSc degree in Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) with options to specialize in blood sciences, infection sciences or cellular sciences. You can only become a biomedical scientist if you have a relevant degree. Registration with a relevant health or nursing regulating body in the country can also be advantageous.

     

    Skills

    • practical laboratory skills and manual dexterity;
    • analytical skills;
    • patience and the ability to work accurately and efficiently;
    • the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
    • a willingness to accept responsibility and use common sense;
    • flexibility and the ability to work with a range of equipment and techniques;
    • communication and team working skills;
    • the ability to work under pressure while maintaining standards of service;
    • the ability to work alone or under instruction;
    • IT skills.

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