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Job Description

Toxicologists investigate the impact of toxic materials (and radiation) on animals, humans and the environment - and advise on the treatment of affected patients or areas.  The identification, evaluation and monitoring of these impacts is conducted through both laboratory and field studies and presented in journals, scientific papers and reports.

There can be a wide salary range between the starting level and a highly experienced (and respected) toxicologist.  

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


There are only a few degrees which are specifically in toxicology but you can do a related subject which combines toxicology like a degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, life or medical science, forensic or chemical science, pharmacology.

Entry requirements for your degree course can vary but you will usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSE's at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent including English, maths and science
  • and 3 A levels or equivalent

Career Path and Progression

Once you have gained experience you could move into a senior position and then go into a management role. 

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Pharmacologists
  • Virologist
  • Pathologist

Required Skills

  • a methodical approach
  • excellent problem solving skills
  • self motivation
  • the ability to collate and analyse data
  • good team working abilities

Salary Range

£20,00 to £70,000

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