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Careers for scientists in the healthcare industry


Healthcare scientists are involved in detecting and combating medical ailments. There are many different kinds of roles performed, and a lot of chances to make a difference, if not on a scientific scale then certainly on a personal one.

Healthcare scientists work in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness which require a wide range of knowledge and skills. In this role you can work either for the NHS or in private medicine.

Jobs are available in areas such as:

  • pharmacy
  • pathology and life sciences
  • physiological sciences
  • clinical engineering
  • medical physics.

Qualifications required

You don’t necessarily need a biological sciences degree, though one in biology, biochemistry or medicine is likely to be a big help. Many positions entail a period of further study, which may lead to registration and a postgraduate qualification.