Career of the Week
5 November 2018 (by Louise Halford (lhalford))
What the job entails:
Biomedical scientists test blood, urine and other body samples, to look for diseases. The results of these tests help doctors know what sort of treatment a person needs. It can also tell them whether a treatment is working.
Routes and choices while at school:
You will need a high level of education to become a biomedical scientist. Most biomedical scientists have a degree in biomedical science or a related subject. You will need to do A-levels or equivalent qualifications to get a place on a university course. However, the first thing to do is to get at least five GCSEs at grades 4 or C or better, or equivalent qualifications. These should include English, maths and science. The better the results you get, the more choice you will have when you apply to university. You will have to study one or more science subjects at A-level or equivalent. Bear this in mind when you choose your GCSE options.
Pay when starting is about £24,000 to £26,000 per year. When experienced, it is about £28,000 to £32,000. For experts with a lot of experience, pay can rise to about £58,000.
If you have any careers queries or would like to discuss any aspects of careers in more detail, please see Mrs Halford at Student Services.