Career outlook for medical illustrator
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use your artistic skills to create images and take photos and videos of medical conditions and treatments. Your images would be used to train healthcare staff and to support medical research.
You’d create visual records of the care that patients receive. You’d make materials for medical teaching and research.
There are four areas you could specialise in:
- Graphic design
- Medical art
You would record a patient's condition using a digital camera or video. You’d take photographs so that medical staff can see the effectiveness of operations and treatments over a period of time.
Using specialist equipment and techniques, you’d capture 3-D images of structures like the eye, and record specific procedures.
You might also take photos and create artwork for:
- Educational posters and leaflets for the public
- Publicity materials
- Annual reports
- Staff magazines and newspapers
For some jobs you would:
- Do forensic photography, taking photos of non-accidental injuries
- Copy evidence from slides and x-rays
- Do bereavement photography, taking photos for grieving parents
- Use software to design presentations
You would work closely with doctors, nurses and patients in hospitals and university medical departments.
You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on the Medical illustrator page on the NHSScotland Careers website. See the Learning and development section for information about career structure, progression and rates of pay.
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