Clinical Scientists usually work in a laboratory environment, where they conduct various research that helps to prevent or treat a certain illness. They are usually responsible for running tests on samples and obtaining results from them that then lead to a diagnosis.
Some roles might involve direct contact with patients, while others will be solely laboratory based, like genetics or blood work. Another area of research as a clinical scientist, pathology, means your job will be to investigate causes of illnesses or deaths, which involves a mixture of laboratory and patient contact work.
Starting salary £30,000 to £35,000
Senior position £60,000+
Usually around 40 hours a week, on shift patterns, which involves nights and weekends.
The biggest employer in the UK of clinical scientists is the NHS, which requires you to complete a 3-year training, work-based programme, however some universities also have vacancies open in related research positions.
Skills Valued by Employers
- Great attention to detail
- Strong knowledge and interest in biology
- Strong communication skills, verbal and written
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team or independently to deliver objectives
- Problem-solving skills
- Ability to take initiative
- Ability to use and learn new computer software packages confidently