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Biomedical Scientist

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Biomedical scientists test samples of body fluids, blood and tissue to help doctors diagnose disease and to monitor patients’ treatment. They have a sound knowledge of biology, biochemistry and chemistry.

The Work

You could be:

You may specialise in one of three specific areas:

Infection Science

Blood Sciences

Cellular Sciences

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Biomedical scientists in the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change scale. The current pay scales are from April 2017. They usually start on Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year. A biomedical scientist specialist is on Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year.

With further qualifications and experience this could rise to Band 7, £32,013 to £42,205 a year as an advanced biomedical scientist.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

As a biomedical scientist you might work in the National Health Service (NHS), the Blood Transfusion Service, private or Medical Research Council laboratories, Food Standards Agency or in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
10609
0.9 %
RISE
2022
10701
  United Kingdom
2017
86257
0.1 %
RISE
2022
86315

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Tel: 020 7713 0214
Website: http://www.ibms.org/
Twitter: @BiomedScience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biomedicalscience

Medical Research Council (MRC)
Tel: 01793 416200
E-mail: corporate@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk
Website: http://www.mrc.ac.uk
Twitter: @The_MRC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrccomms

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

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