Become a biomedical scientist – understanding the basics

Written by Traci Robinson. Posted in Uncategorized

Working in the medical sector is definitely extremely rewarding for those who are striving to make a chance and help other people. However, if you actually want to chance lives and bring added value to this industry, then keep in mind that it is the inside that matters. This means that a biomedical science is the right option for you. Although this branch is more specific and thus less popular than others, it is definitely one of the most relevant when it comes to medical development. A biomedical scientist in the person who investigates, analyses, researches and then diagnoses human illnesses, by the means of a complex series of dedicated tests and samples. This sub sector can be divided in multiple categories and area of analysis, such as: bodily fluids, human tissue and cells, organs, the immune system or viruses. Normally, biomedical science jobs are based in specialised laboratories, but you can also find vacancies in hospitals, research institutes, government authorities ad even academic institutions. [Not a valid template]

What does a biomedical scientist do?

As a biomedical scientist, you may have a lot of duties related to laboratory and testing tasks. Among these, the most popular and basic are identifying and matching blood groups for transfusions, searching for blood dysfunctions and abnormalities, analysing various treatments and their effects, discovering new methods to prevent and cure health conditions, gathering and studying tissue samples from patients or corpses, using these samples to check for food poisoning, infections or cancer, using cells to diagnose conditions such as cancer and also using computerised systems to centralise results. As you can see, if you thought that staying in a lab was the boring part of medicine, think twice because a biomedicine scientist’s life is quite full of events and activities.  

Which are your career possibilities?

Some people believe that as a biomedical scientist, there are not many career development possibilities. However, contrary to popular belief, this is not actually true. You can always start as a biomedical scientist and perform common tasks, then evolve and become a specialist in the field, having more responsibilities and of course, a greater income. After this, you can keep learning, perfecting your work and gaining more knowledge, then become an advanced biomedical scientist.  

Which is the profile of such an individual?

If you want to become a biomedical scientist, you have to be interested in computer software and science on the one hand, and the human body, on the other. In addition to this, you must also show interest in continuous development, prove to be a naturally inquisitive person and be a real problem solver. Even if you may have to focus on a certain task for a long period of time, you should always be able to focus on details and have a high level of patience. Besides this, you also need to be extremely skilful and diligent, since most duties involve multiple practical tasks. As you can see, this job is the perfect merger between medicine and technology.  

Traci Robinson

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