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.
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Career prospects & criteria
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Bachelors degree in biological, biomedical and biochemical sciences/ forensic, chemical and physical sciences/ medicine, medical science and veterinary medicine
What you need to get started
Part-time work in a research laboratory or organisation can help you develop practical skills and build up useful contacts.
Attention to detail
Good organizational skills
Good laboratory skills abiding by the protocol.
Knowledge about chemicals, toxins and their safe disposal
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