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Career Spotlight - Toxicology

Among science careers, toxicology is perhaps the most diverse. This field can bring you into an endless variety of careers within environmental, agricultural, pharmaceutical and health organizations along with a long list of food and consumer product companies and even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Shutterstock _72141610This is because toxicology combines various different fields including biology, chemistry, pharmacology, medicine and nursing to study the safety and biological effects of drugs, chemicals, agents, and other substances on living organisms, most commonly humans, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Because toxicologists are considered a type of "medical scientist," a bachelor in biomedical sciences degree from National University offers students the solid foundation in the basic sciences they need to succeed in this field. A BS degree includes classes in physiology, anatomy, epidemiology and biochemistry. At National University, you are also free to choose your own curriculum based on your future career plans.

Toxicologists make a median annual salary of about $82,000 and tend to have various levels of degrees including 50 percent with PhDs, 25 percent with master's degrees and 25 percent with bachelor's degrees, according to ACS.  

Toxicologists with bachelor's degrees can expect to spend most of their time in a laboratory while those with higher-level degrees might spend their time in an office planning experiments and interpreting data.

Earlier this year, Science Magazine featured a successful toxicologist who found her calling at the Hershey Company where she helps ensure the safety of the company's various types of candy. Originally, Alexandria Lau wanted to be a medical doctor. With her interest in science and medicine, she found toxicology was a better fit that still allowed her to positively impact people's health. Read more about her journey to a career in toxicology here.

What do you think about this diverse field? Does a career in toxicology sound like a right fit for you? 

How to choose a science career and set goals

With a bachelor of biomedical sciences degree, you can pursue a long list of lucrative career options in science. How do you choose which is right for you?

Screen Shot 2017-11-30 At 2.55.18 PMAccording to career experts, making these decisions early on and creating a game plan to achieve your career aspirations are important to finding success, particularly in the field of science.

If you're still undecided, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has an interactive tool that can help you narrow down some options and map out a strategic plan. 

Created by scientists, AAAS's Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides exercises that help examine your skills, interests and values. Based on this information, the program will select individualized careers from 20 different science-related options. The program will also help you identify preferred and alternative career paths.

Once you've chosen a career path, IDP will guide you in setting goals for the upcoming year with optional reminders. It's a great way to get a head start on any career in science.

Interested in exploring other careers options with a bachelor of biomedical sciences degree? You can also find a list of career options on our Future of Integrative Health blog or on the NUHS website.

 

Discover a new online resource for careers in science

If you're considering a career in biomedical sciences, it's important to stay up to date with evolving trends in the science industry. 

Student On GrassThe journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has an online news center with a special science career section. This resource can be especially useful for finding career tips and learning more about the industry as a whole.

The site includes a variety of information on workforce issues, professional development and career-related policy. For example, a recent article on the site discusses the National Institutes of Health's Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Policy and how it is helping young scientists receive more grant funding.

You can also find columns written by practicing scientists with practical tips on how to have a successful career in science. There are a variety of career options for biomedical science graduates.  If you're wondering how many biomedical science jobs are available today, a job search tool allows you search for all new positions related to science. 

For example, we put the term "research" into the search engine and pulled up 1,365 job listings in scientific research from around the world. There's also a library of employer profiles, so that you can get to know some of the larger employers in the science industry.

You can even open an account on the site, post your resume, and get up-to-date job openings emailed to you. Your account allows you to make your resume and profile available to headhunters and employers in the science industry.

This site will help you imagine all the opportunities you'll be able to explore with your bachelor's degree in biomedical science from National University.

Pathway to a career in health care

Over half of the  "100 Best Jobs" are in health care, health care support or science, according to U.S. News & World Report. So while a career in health care is a no-brainer, a bigger challenge is choosing the specific profession that's right for you. How and where should you pursue the required education? What kind of career opportunities will there be? These can be daunting questions for anyone.

Teachers And Student With MicroscopeIf you're considering a career in health care, your undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences can be a great place to start. This degree puts you on the path toward a career in health care. While you're completing your degree, you can continue to explore your next health care move.

At National University, you will be at the same campus as students who are earning their advanced degrees in several health care fields. This type of environment will allow you to explore your options much more in-depth.

You can choose from graduate programs in chiropractic medicine (DC), naturopathic medicine (ND) and oriental medicine (MSOM) and acupuncture (MSAc). With more Americans choosing complementary and alternative medicine treatments (about 4 in 10, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), it is an exciting field to be in. An additional advantage is that Bachelor of Biomedical Science students at NUHS can save up to a year off their education by combining a BS with either a DC or an ND degree.

You also have the option of earning your doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from our Florida site. National University's program is offered at the St. Petersburg College located near Tampa Bay, an area experiencing some of the highest demand for health care workers, according to ABC News.

National University's BS degree is an excellent gateway to a prospering career in healthcare. Contact Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Deb Cascio at dcascio@nuhs.edu or (630) 889-6577 to learn more. 

Take Advantage of Campus Visit Day

Going back to school to finish your bachelor's degree may seem intimating and overwhelming at first. But if you're still on the fence, Campus Visit Day on March 4 can be an easy way to get started.

CVDOffered only twice a year, Campus Visit Day lets you test out the college experience for a day to see what feels comfortable. National University does a great job of immersing you in interactive and hands-on experiences during their Visit Day events. You'll get to enjoy a continental breakfast, a program overview, campus tour, a chance to meet current students and alumni, and learn the details about admissions, financial aid, housing, student clubs and much more. 

You will also get the chance to have all your questions answered. Part of the day includes a panel where current students get a chance to discuss their own experiences. One common theme among panels is the supportive communities within the individual programs. Students share study guides, organize study groups and encourage each other to take a break.

These kinds of activities along with the chance to meet faculty and staff can help dispel any fears and put you on the right track toward completing your degree. You'll probably be surprised how many other people, just like you, are deciding to go back and complete their bachelor's degree. 

We know you have lots of questions about course credits, financial aid, career opportunities and how to fit our convenient evening classes into your already busy life. We understand what an important step going back to school can be, and provide as much support and information as possible to help you make the right decision.

If this isn't enticing enough, National University offers a special tuition incentive that several students take advantage of. If you attend Campus Visit Day, you'll receive a $250 tuition credit for your first trimester! There is still time to register.

To hold your place for Campus Visit Day on March 4, register online, or call 1-800-826-6285. You will receive a confirmation packet with directions and a schedule of the day's events.

For questions or for more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu