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