Biomedical Scientist

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Where would we be without Biomedical Scientists? They tackle the most threatening diseases that live on our planet such as Cancer and HIV. They do this by implementing scientific tests and experiments on body fluids and tissue samples, to help find the cures for these diseases. Just imagine, the person who cures cancer will save millions of lives. Instant hero.

Duties

Thanks to Biomedical Scientists, many of the medical team such as Doctors are able to diagnose and treat patients’ illnesses effectively. We can't brag enough about them. Although they’ll specialise in either infection sciences, blood sciences or cellular sciences, you'll normally find them to have the following job responsibilities:

  • Processing and testing biomedical specimens such as blood, tissues, urine and faecal material
  • Analysing cultures grown from samples whilst identifying blood groups
  • Screening for abnormal results and potential diseases
  • Interpreting results for medical staff to diagnose and treat patients’ illnesses
  • Examining the effects of medication that have been used to treat patients
  • Writing medical reports and recording data accurately
  • Keeping up-to-date with new medical and industry developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Biomedical Scientist should:

  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Show patience, accuracy and efficiency in their work
  • Be naturally inquisitive and have an analytical approach
  • Possess strong problem-solving skills with an attention to detail
  • Be professional and respect medical confidential information

Entry Routes

If you want to have the opportunity to cure diseases like cancer, you need to somewhat know your stuff. You’ll have to be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) to become a Biomedical Scientist. And they will expect you to jump through a few hoops before you’re officially a part of the crew.

Firstly, you’ll need to study a biomedical science degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Other science degrees with relevant core subjects may be accepted, however you may need to take additional courses. Following the completion of the necessary courses, you will have to gain at least a year’s worth of relevant experience, approved by IBMS. Then, you’re done. Congratulations on becoming a scientific genius!

Job Progression

Junior Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical Scientist

Senior Biomedical Scientist

Consultant Biomedical Scientist

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Learning – You’re constantly learning new things through research and testing
  • Rewarding – It’s a chance to come up with breakthrough cures for diseases that could help a lot of people
  • Work Environment – You work with some great minds in an inspiring environment

The Bad

  • Data Entry – Recording the results can be a bit tedious
  • High Stress – It’s a highly responsible role, so there’s a lot of pressure to be accurate
  • Long Hours – You can spend a lot of time on some projects, but may end up useless