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Biomedical Science Careers

Physicians and surgeons diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive health care.
Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with teeth and tissues in the mouth, along with giving advice and administering care to help prevent future problems. They provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, the use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care.
Veterinarians care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening our knowledge of animals and medical science, and in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge.
Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They also advise their patients, as well as physicians and other health practitioners, on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists monitor the health and progress of patients to ensure the safe and effective use of medication.
People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
Dietitians and nutritionists plan food and nutrition programs, supervise meal preparation, and oversee the serving of meals. They prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. For example, dietitians might teach a patient with high blood pressure how to use less salt when preparing meals, or create a diet reduced in fat and sugar for an overweight patient.
Physicians and surgeons diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive health care.
Research Scientist
Researchers within life sciences are primarily involved in designing, conducting and analysing experiments, either with a definite end use (to develop new products, processes or commercial applications) or to broaden scientific understanding in general. Although research is often carried out on an individual basis, researchers usually work as part of a larger team.
Health Information Manager
Professionals with training in health information technology have a positive job outlook. With the need for health care growing, and technology taking over the way many offices work, the skills of a health information worker are in very high demand. Health information technicians will often work in hospitals, or in individual medical practitioner offices.
Medical Technologist
A medical technologist analyzes human fluid samples using techniques available to the clinical laboratory, such as manual white blood cell differentials, bone marrow counts, analysis via microscopy and advanced analytical equipment. Medical technologists assist doctors and nurses in choosing the correct lab tests and collection methods; labeling and handling specimens; and interpreting the resulting analysis.
Radiologic technologists use special equipment to create images of internal organs, tissues, and bones. Radiologic technologists, also known as radiologic technicians and radiographers, provide information that is used to diagnose medical problems. They create images of the inside of the body.
Medical Technical Writer
Clinical study protocols, Clinical study reports: Phase I, Phases II–IVMedical writers have an enviable combination of writing skills, high level of scientific/medical education, and clinical experience. Their talents include: Bio-analytical reports, Non-clinical study reports, Investigator's brochures, Expert reports, Investigative brochures, New drug applications, FDA briefing documents, Integrated summaries of efficacy and safety, Manuscripts, Abstracts, Posters, Product labeling, Regulatory reports and submissions, Marketing materials, White papers, Training Materials.
Physicians' Assistant
Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x rays, and make diagnoses.
Biomedical Engineer
Biomedical engineers combine biology and medical concepts with
engineering to develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. Many do research to develop and evaluate systems and products for use in the fields of biology and health, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. Some specialties within biomedical engineering include biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering. Unlike many other engineering specialties, a graduate degree is recommended or required for many entry-level jobs.

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