You might know you want to pursue a career in science, healthcare, or medicine, but what do you want to do exactly? These fields are as diverse as any, and you should try to be fairly specific about which path to take.
What Does a Biomedical Scientist Do?
Perhaps you’ve heard the term biomedical science, but have you ever taken the time to research what it is? Though it’s as diverse as any science niche, biomedical scientists are ultimately responsible for developing new treatments and therapies for human diseases, illnesses, and disabilities.
When you hear of a major medical discovery or breakthrough, the odds are pretty high that biomedical science is at least partially responsible. Each year, more than $240 billion is spent on biomedical research and development.
Investments come in the form of private donations and public grants. Currently, some of the biggest points of interest in the field of biomedical science research include cancer, anemia, diabetes, stress, meningitis, hepatitis, aging, heart physiology, and emerging diseases.
Biomedical scientists are frequently tasked with conducting scientific and lab-based research to support, prove, or disprove diagnoses and treatments of human disease. Depending on the specialty, certain scientists possess expertise in areas like anatomy, psychology, physiology, genetics, mathematics, or microbiology.
Biomedical scientists haven’t undergone full and formal medical training and typically have zero interaction with patients in their work. Duties include research screening, investigation of chemicals and treatments, testing of biological samples, writing medical research reports, analyzing current events in an effort to understand research, and coordinating with medical staff to improve outcomes.
Four Reasons to Try Biomedical Science
Biomedical science is a complex and evolving range of specialties. It’s not going to be a great fit for everyone, but there are ample reasons to pursue a career in this niche.
Take a look at four in particular:
1. Flexible and Diverse Opportunities
If the thought of doing the same repetitive tasks for the same firm in the same industry for 30 or 40 years inspires boredom, then you’ll be relieved to learn just how flexible and diverse the opportunities in biomedical science can be.
“Biomedical research jobs may focus on any area of the health care system, from pharmaceutical research to community health,” Rush University explains.
“Philanthropic organizations, professional societies as well as the federal government may provide research grants for a broad range of biomedical projects. A biomedical scientist could work as part of a team studying environmental concerns, socioeconomic trends and large-scale population trends.”
If you suspect you’re apt to tire of working in a single niche, there are regular opportunities in another field or specialty. This makes the course of study perfect for people who are prone to job burnout and boredom.
2. Great Pay
The earning potential in the biomedical field is pretty competitive. According to PayScale.com, the average salary of a biomedical scientist is $61,531. For those who obtain their master’s degree, a potential six-figure salary may be available to you.
3. High Demand
There’s high demand for biomedical scientists and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Whether here in the U.S. or abroad, a degree in this area will take you far in your career. Salaries are also increasing and could outpace earning potential in almost every other science field.
4. Meaningful Work
“Helping to cure disease helps people survive and live longer,” Alyssa Walker writes for HealthCareStudies.com. “Whether or not you care directly for patients, create new technologies, improve old ones, research solutions to global problems, or build and repair biomedical equipment, your studies in the biomedical sciences will benefit the good of humanity.”
In an era when so many people have jobs they regard as meaningless because they don’t contribute to society, you’ll rest easy at night with the knowledge that you’re doing something that matters … and it’s hard to put a price tag on that!
Adding it All Up
Thus far, it may sound inspiring and compelling, but honestly few people are cut out for a career in biomedical science. If you think you might fall into the category of people who are, you should research it further, and speak with others who are in the field.
If you do, you should get a better idea of whether this career path is a good fit.