A toxicologist is a scientist who, during autopsies, examines body fluids and tissue samples to assess the existence of toxins or chemicals. They operate in laboratories and use different approaches to find within the body toxic levels of medications or other poisons. Many toxicologists work to help settle criminal prosecutions and will testify on behalf of their testing reports in court.
Attention to detail
Good laboratory skills abiding by the protocol
Good organizational skills
Knowledge about chemicals, toxins and their safe disposal
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Good opportunities for job growth and security
Steady, consistent work hours
Can specialise in many areas - immunotoxicology, forensic, ecotoxicology, etc
Contribute to improving healthcare with minimal-to-no patient interaction
Long study duration
Experimental work can be difficult, would have to deal with harmful chemicals and toxic materials
Requires extensive knowledge and skills