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Clinical Scientist

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Role Description

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.

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Starting salary £30,000 to £35,000
Senior position £60,000+

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Usually around 40 hours a week, on shift patterns, which involves nights and weekends.

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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


Employers of Clinical Scientists

Professional Institutes