Biomedical scientists carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to investigate and diagnose illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, food poisoning, meningitis etc. This may also include identifying blood groups, analysing blood, tissue, urine and faeces and interpreting results for liaising with medical staff.
There are various ways in which you can get into this job role and the entry requirements can vary depending on what you choose to do:
A university course
Your course will include work placements so you can get industry experience and evidence to complete a training portfolio. You'll need this to register to work.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry
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You may be able to get into biomedical science as a trainee.
You'll need at least 2 A level sciences or equivalent, like a Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science. Places are sponsored by employers, like the NHS, and are advertised as trainee biomedical scientist jobs. You'll study for an accredited degree while you work.
Career Path and Progression
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.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Clinical scientist
- Forensic scientist
- Laboratory technician
- Medical physicist
- A very strong interest in medicine and the treatment of illnesses
- High concentration levels
- Accurate and attention to detail
- The ability to take responsibility and make decisions
- Confident with technology
- Excellent team working and communication skills
- An enquiring and investigative mind
£24,214 to £43,772