Toxicologist

Toxicologist

A toxicologist studies chemicals and their effects on living beings and the environment. The goal of a toxicologist is to maintain a good standard of heath for the earth and all living things. They conduct chemical, physical and toxicological properties analyses of chemical substances and evaluate associated hazards.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Analyze and interpret field and laboratory toxic substances
  • Oversee drug and product safety during all phases of development
  • Attain toxicological, chemical and biological data and conclusions
  • Develop and implement investigative toxicology studies 
  • Conduct chemical, physical and toxicological properties analyses
  • Review, evaluate and interpret current scientific research
  • Develop rational and criteria for analyzing chemical hazards
  • Identify the presence of toxic substance components
  • Conduct exposure and risk assessments
  • Provide support to develop environmental supervising programs
  • Review and analyze test method protocols
  • Maintain and prepare records
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations orally and in writing 
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, English, a focus on higher level mathematics and science such as statistics, algebra, genetics, biology, chemistry and physics.
Education/Training Required: 
Individuals may work as a toxicologist on an assistant level with an associate degree. However, a majority of the opportunities require a master’s or doctorate degree. An associate, undergraduate, master's or doctorate degree often are obtained in biology or chemistry.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Toxicologists may be employed by biotechnology companies, academia, for the animal pharmaceutical industry or the government.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Society of Toxicology
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Clinical Laboratory Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$75,000
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