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Biomedical scientist

Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease.

Annual Salary

£24,907 to £44,503

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Biomedical scientist jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Depending on your chosen area, you may:

  • test for diseases like Legionnaires' disease and food poisoning
  • screen and test for infectious diseases like rubella or hepatitis
  • analyse blood for disease and monitor organ function
  • support the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
  • screen for blood abnormalities and diseases, like anaemia and leukaemia
  • process and analyse tissue samples from operations and autopsies
  • use specialist procedures like cell culture to detect cancer
  • routinely test fluid and tissue samples like cervical smear tests
  • update paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a university, at a research facility or in a laboratory.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
University

You could do a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, or train through the NHS Practitioner Training Programme and complete a degree in healthcare science.

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.

Entry requirements

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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Work

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.

More information

Further information

You can find more advice about becoming a biomedical scientist from the Institute of Biomedical Science and Health Careers.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • concentration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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