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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? 

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. 

What’s in a Major? Plenty!

Campus Visit Day FLAre you still wondering if a bachelor in biomedical science degree is the right degree for you? If you are seeking strong earning potential, it sure is.

Georgetown University issued a report in 2015, which tracks income data for college graduates from various majors. Some of the report findings indicate that an undergraduate degree in a health or science field, such as biomedical sciences, can lead to higher paying careers, even without a graduate degree.

Here are some of the earnings data found for undergraduate science and health majors:

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), health, and business majors are the highest paying degrees, leading to average annual wages of $37,000 or more at the entry level and an average of $65,000 or more annually over the course of a recipient's career.
  • Entry-level college-educated workers aged 21-24 with health majors earn a median of $41,000 annually. For ages 25-59, this jumps to $65,000 annually.
  • The median annual wages of college-educated workers with biology and life sciences majors (ages 25-50) is $56,000

Georgetown University also projects 5.6 million jobs in the healthcare sector by 2020, 82% of which will require a postsecondary education.

Come explore how easy it is to finish your bachelor's degree in biomedical science at National University of Health Sciences. Plan a visit to campus anytime from now through August 2016 and receive a tuition incentive of $500 for your first trimester in the B.S. program, through the NUHS Summer Soak Up offer.

(source: 2015 The Economic Value of College Majors, Georgetown University)