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Interesting Careers in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Looking for a new job and love the life sciences? Here are some top careers in Healthcare that are worth their weight in gold.

Finding a career in healthcare has never been easier than it is right now. The world has a renewed sense of appreciation for healthcare workers, given the fallout from the pandemic. Covid-19 taught us many things, but mainly it taught us that we were underprepared for a global pandemic. It will not catch us out the same way again.

If you fancy a career in life sciences, healthcare is an ideal industry. The types of role available are diverse and allow for specialisations as well as career advancing opportunities. Here are some of the top careers in healthcare and life sciences and what you need to do to land those positions.

What are the Best Careers in Life Sciences?

There are more opportunities in life science jobs than there ever have been before. Most of these roles lie in immunology, toxicology, and pathology. Healthcare will always need lab technicians of all calibres.

Analytical Chemists

These are the healthcare specialists who design and develop new medications. They formulate drugs through a process using chemical analysis. They test the drugs, examine the reactions caused, and bring them through the drug creation/testing process. They work in toxicology, as well as product validation. Analytical chemists require a chemistry degree, biochemistry, or applied chemistry. Those with a PHD can expect a £25k starting salary.

Biomedical Scientist

There is a specific type of ‘doctor’ who doesn’t see any patients. A biomedical scientist works on diseases themselves. They are the people doing the research on cancer, developing treatments based on biochemistry and pathology, and who tackle big diseases like AIDS. Biomedical scientists within the NHS in the UK have a starting salary of £24k. You need a science degree with a specialisation in biology, or a biology and pathology degree. You need to register with the Health Care and Professional Council in the UK before you can apply for jobs.

Clinical Scientist

Where biomed students are busy with the big problems of the healthcare universe, clinical scientists work on the samples doctors take that help with diagnosis. They are the patient-related scientists. There are many specialisations in this field. You might work for physiology, medical physics, in embryology, in audiology, or in genomics. You could specialise in blood work, immunisations, or the heart. There is no limit to the duties of the clinical scientist so the more units and credits you pick up at university, the better. Start with a biology or biochemistry degree and collect points from there.

Toxicologist

When you study toxicology, you learn how to discern chemical compounds in places they shouldn’t be. This might mean testing soil for the presence of lead. It could mean testing water for freshness, or testing veterinarian’s blood work samples for poison. Toxicologists have a part to play in pathology, especially in drug related deaths. They also work in environmental science positions, as well as in the food industry where they detect potential contaminations.

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