Career outlook for biomedical scientist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would test blood, tissue and fluid samples from ill people so they can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
You’d use computers and hi-tech equipment to test and analyse biological samples in a laboratory and identify a patient’s disease or condition. Your findings will help doctors and healthcare professionals to decide what medical treatment to give.
Sometimes you’d meet patients, who may be anxious and upset, to discuss their condition and get samples.
You would specialise in one of three areas:
- Infection sciences
- Blood sciences
- Cellular sciences
Depending on your chosen area, you would:
- Test for diseases such as Legionnaires’ disease and food poisoning
- Screen and test for infectious diseases such as rubella or hepatitis
- Analyse blood for disease and monitoring organ function
- Support the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
- Screen for blood abnormalities and diseases - test for anaemia and leukaemia
- Process and analyse tissue samples from operations and autopsies
- Use specialist procedures such as cell culture to detect cancer
- Do routine tests of fluid and tissue samples such as cervical smear tests
You’d update paperwork or computerised systems with the data and test results so that patients’ records are accurate and the doctors can plan their treatment.
You would also do new research, and would often support junior staff and technicians.
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