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Career Spotlights ~ Biomedical Scientist
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Basic Info

If you enjoy Science and you are interested in Medicine and Health Care, this could be a great job choice for you. These Scientists analyse samples from patients to help doctors diagnose and treat them. To become a registered Biomedical Scientist, you will need to have passed an approved degree. As a Scientist you will need to have an enquiring mind and be good at solving problems. An interest in Science and Computing is very useful. So too is accuracy and attention to details.

The Work

As a Biomedical Scientist, you would normally work in a hospital laboratory and specialise in an area such as:

You would also be involved in carrying out new research, and would often support junior staff and technicians.


In the NHS you would usually work 37.5 hours a week. This would often include evening and weekend shifts, and being on an on-call rota.

You will mainly work in clean, sometimes sterile environments, and would wear protective clothing


Biomedical Scientists in the NHS can earn between around £21,200 and £27,500 a year. Specialists, team leaders and managers may earn between £33,500 and £40,200 a year.

Additional payments may be made for overtime, on-call duties, and to those living in London. Salaries in the private sector may be higher than those in the NHS

Entry Requirements

To bcome a registered Biomedical Scientist, you will need to:

Once you have achieved an IBMS approved degree you may be able to apply for a trainee Biomedical Scientist post in the NHS. This would enable you to complete the remaining stages leading to HCPC registration.

Training and Development

Once you are registered and working as a Biomedical Scientist, you can specialise in an area (see 'The Work' section above) by taking advanced Institue of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited courses and qualifications. Taking these would increase your career prospects. Course include:

Skills and Knowledge

To be a Biomedical Scientist, you will need to have:

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