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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.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Comply, analyze and interpret field as well as laboratory toxic substances
  • Oversee drug and product safety and health risks during all phases of development
  • Attain toxicological, chemical and biological data plus reports conclusions
  • Develop and implement investigative toxicology studies 
  • Conducts chemical, physical and toxicological properties analysis of chemical substances and evaluate associated hazards
  • Critically review, evaluate, and interpret current scientific literature, research data and investigative reports, medical findings and reports
  • Develop rational and criteria for analyzing chemical hazards
  • Identify probable toxic substance components presence in emissions, discharges and waste streams
  • Conduct exposure and risk assessments
  • Support to develop environmental supervising programs for all toxic substances
  • Review and analyze test methods protocols to verify validity and adequacy of use for entire application to evaluate different toxic substance issues
  • Maintain and prepare records, reports plus correspondence pertinent to work
  • Be able to provide expert advice and recommendations orally and in writing 


What education and training is required?

Individuals may work as a toxicologist on an assistant level with an associate’s degree. However, a majority of the opportunities require a maters or doctorate degree.  An associate, undergraduate, maters or doctorate degree often are obtained in biology, chemistry. 


To pursue a career as a toxicologist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, English, a focus on higher level mathematics and science: statistics, algebra, genetics, biology, chemistry, and physics.


Where can I work?

Toxicologists may be employed by biotechnology companies, academia, for the animal pharmaceutical industry or for the government.


Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for a toxicologist will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Society of Toxicology
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Clinical Laboratory Association
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