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.
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.