Being a Medical Scientist...


Medical Science is a broad term that covers areas such as biochemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, physiology, nutrition, pharmacology, toxicology, vision science and biomedical technology.

What does a Medical Scientist do?

Medical scientists conduct medical laboratory tests and experiments to provide information for diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases.

Qualifications and Educational Requirements

To become a medical scientist it is needed to complete a degree in medical or biomedical science. A Ph.D. degree in a biological science is the minimum education required. To get into these courses you need to gain your HSC in Year 12 with a minimum ATAR cutt-off 95.10. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in English, mathematics extension 1, biology, chemistry and physics is required.

How to pay for UNI?

Getting a part time job which would help to pay some or part of the fees. Getting a scholarship and parents paying the fees.

Specific skills required to become a Medical Scientist

To become a Med. Scientist, it is important to have a good understanding and knowledge of science. You should be able to study blood and its diseases, identify blood diseases, check the compatibility of bone marrow, kidney and other organs for transplantation, work out the chemical composition of specimens, prepare body tissues for microscopic examination, prepare body fluids for microscopic examination and diagnose abnormalities, isolate and examine genetic material (DNA and RNA) for alterations specific to genetic diseases and cancer, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, supervise the work of other scientists, technical officers and assistants advise medical practitioners on the interpretation of tests.

Type of Employment

Full-time employment as a medical scientist:

meaning that one is employed for or involving a standard number of hours of working time.

INCOME and Potential for ADVANCEMENT

On average a Medical Scientist earns up to $106 295 AUD, however the pay rate increases as the years of experience increases.

What interests you about this occupation

This occupation interests me because I enjoy studying and learning about science, and finding new ways/techniques which would help save lives of others and cure diseases. Being a medical scientist, mainly requires you to have an in-depth knowledge of science while also tetsing out laws and experimenting with ordinary things to make them extraordinary. I am very interested in this job because it helps me enjoy what I do, while also aiding other people have a better life with the help of new equipment or cures to fix the disease or just invent something (genetic modification) to enhance those products.

Additional Information

By having advanced experience in that field, you will also be able to treat patients as well as find and conduct research on ways to fix/heal the problem.