Getting your dream job: Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical scientists carry out experiments on samples of body fluids and tissue to help develop solutions to threatening diseases.

What does a biomedical scientist do? 

 Biomedical scientists are responsible for investigating and diagnosing patient illnesses such as HIV, cancer, diabetes, food poisoning, hepatitis and meningitis. Most work is laboratory-based. 


Typical tasks include:

  • analysing specimens of blood, tissues, urine and faeces for chemical constituents using sophisticated computer-aided and automated testing procedures.
  • analysing cultures grown from samples
  • identifying blood groups
  • interpreting results for and liaising with medical staff
  • monitoring the effects of treatment and medication
  • maintaining accurate records
  • writing medical reports

Typical employers of biomedical scientists

  • Medical Research Council
  • Universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Public Health England 
  • Clinical pathology laboratories within NHS hospitals
  • NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Private hospitals


Qualifications and training required

You can only become a biomedical scientist if you have a relevant degree. 

Key skills for biomedical scientists

Biomedical scientists need clear and effective written and verbal communication skills. Employers also look for:

  • an analytical approach
  • attention to detail
  • sound research skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • responsibility
  • the ability to work as part of a team


Recommended IBDP subjects needed to apply to university to study biomedical sciences:

Chemistry HL and Biology HL


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