Life as a biomedical scientist
Recent IBMS accredited degree graduates explain how the accredited degree has helped with their career progression
"I became interested in the field of biomedical science through friends and family who work in the profession and decided to pursue the career through an IBMS accredited degree. The accredited IBMS Biomedical Science Sandwich degree allowed me to do a one-month placement, experiencing each of the four main departments, and a year-long placement in my chosen department of biochemistry to complete the IBMS registration portfolio.
I decided that I wanted to work in biochemistry as there is a good mix of manual, specialist testing, such as HPLC, and automated urgent work such as tests for detecting myocardial damage after a heart attack and identifying acute kidney injury. This provides a varied working environment and can impact immediate patient care based on the results produced in the laboratory.
While Biomedical Scientists and the laboratories in hospitals are often hidden away and forgotten about, it is important to remember the impact this work has daily on patient care. Without biomedical scientists working 24/7, clinicians would not be able to carefully monitor their patient’s conditions and alter their care accordingly. This is why I love being a biomedical scientist and I would urge anyone considering this career to enter this exciting and evolving field of science.”
"I became an eStudent member of the IBMS whilst I was at university and since then I have become a qualified biomedical scientist and Licentiate member.
Being a member of the IBMS has allowed me to keep a record of my CPD and provides me with activities and articles through their online journals, monthly magazines and other resources.
As competition for biomedical science jobs is high, having an edge such as CPD is not only beneficial professionally and shows initiative, but also personally, as I feel that I am constantly learning and being exposed to the ever-changing field of science from method updates to recently published research papers in various fields, not just those associated with my department or specialist area.”
Finding a job
Jobs in biomedical science are often advertised in local and national newspapers and websites or scientific journals.
Alternatively, to find your perfect role, read the IBMS magazine and website for The Biomedical Scientist which provides details of vacancies for both qualified and trainee staff. Visit: www.thebiomedicalscientist.net