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Biomedical scientist

Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £44,503

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of biology
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • concentration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Depending on your chosen area, you may:

  • test for diseases like Legionnaires' disease and food poisoning
  • screen and test for infectious diseases like rubella or hepatitis
  • analyse blood for disease and monitor organ function
  • support the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
  • screen for blood abnormalities and diseases, like anaemia and leukaemia
  • process and analyse tissue samples from operations and autopsies
  • use specialist procedures like cell culture to detect cancer
  • routinely test fluid and tissue samples like cervical smear tests
  • update paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a university, at a research facility or in a laboratory.

With experience, you could move into research, training and education, product development and commerce.

In the NHS, you could work as a team leader, specialist, manager or professional manager with further training and qualifications.

You can find more advice about becoming a biomedical scientist from the Institute of Biomedical Science and Health Careers.

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