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Medical Scientist

Conduct medical laboratory tests to provide information for diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.
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What's it like to be a Medical Scientist?

A Medical Scientist may specialise in a number of areas from haematology and immunology through to microbiology and molecular genetics.

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To become a Medical Scientist you usually have to study laboratory science or biomedical science at university.

  1. Complete a relevant bachelor degree such as a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medical Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science. To register with an industry body, you may have to complete a degree accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS).
  2. Gain experience performing basic laboratory procedures. Experience working in areas such as haematology, biochemistry or genomics may be beneficial.
  3. Consider joining the AIMS and benefit from access to professional development and networking opportunities. It may also be beneficial to apply to become a Certified Medical Laboratory Practitioner.

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How do Medical Scientists rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 19 Medical Scientists surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.5
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
2.9
Job security
3.0
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
3.8

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2.9%
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Latest Medical Scientist reviews

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Aug 2019
Medical science is genuinely fascinating but you need to stay ahead of the curve.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Chemical pathology
The good things
I’ve enjoyed being a medical scientist as for many years as the majority of the work is bench work which varies from day to day. The work itself is genuinely fascinating and pathology is always keepin...
The challenges
Due to the continually advancing analysers and technics in pathology the job requires staying on top of scientific advancements and making sure your skill set is always advancing into new technologies...
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Aug 2019
Working as a medical scientist can be very challenging, but it is an excellent career path that I wouldn’t change.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Biochemistry
The good things
As a medical scientist, I have the ability to positively affect the health and well-being of the many patients that go through our hospital. It requires problem solving, hard work and compassion.
The challenges
As a medical scientist, you must be able to think on your feet and problem solve on the fly. Shift work isn’t for every one, but the compensation is good and overtime can be lucrative for those willin...
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