Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease.
Salary range: £24,214 to £43,772
How to become a biomedical scientist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
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.
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
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
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.
- you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll do
Depending on your chosen area, your duties could include:
- testing for diseases like Legionnaires’ disease and food poisoning
- screening and testing for infectious diseases like rubella or hepatitis
- analysing blood for disease and monitoring organ function
- supporting the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
- screening for blood abnormalities and diseases, like anaemia and leukaemia
- processing and analysing tissue samples from operations and autopsies
- using specialist procedures like cell culture to detect cancer
- routine testing of fluid and tissue samples like cervical smear tests
- updating paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results
You could work at a university, at a research facility or in a laboratory.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
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.