Paul P is a Biomedical Scientist at Addenbrookes, combining emergency transfusions for patients who need blood with laboratory analysis of illness and treatments. He describes the stress of knowing that "if you don't deliver, that potentially that patient may not survive" and that sometimes he wishes he worked in a "nice office." However he does "not regret the job choice for a minute."
More information about biological scientists and biochemists
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Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.
Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.
- Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms
- Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease
- Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms
- Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms
- Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment
- Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease
- Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.
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Where to go nextInformation and statistics for the health and social care sector. Cambridge University HospitalsSector Skills Council for Health Professionals
More information about laboratory technicians
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Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.
Entry varies from employer to employer. Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, an appropriate BTEC/SQA award or a GNVQ/GSVQ. Professional qualifications, NVQs/SVQs at various levels, and apprenticeships are available in some areas of work. Good eyesight, and in some cases, normal colour vision are also required.
- Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes
- Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs
- Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work
- Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained
- Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
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