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?
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.
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