Biomedical Science Careers - Introduction, Scopes, Challenges & Alternatives
The field of Biomedical Sciences has been getting a lot of interest. But, the field is still quite esoteric and unexplored. Besides, there has been quite a bit of criticism and negative publicity as well.
Biomedical Science is a branch of Applied Biological Sciences. Biomedical Science has got applications in understanding disease mechanisms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human diseases. There are various sub-branches of biomedical sciences that include human biology, pathology, biochemistry, molecular & cell biology, genetics, pharmacology, immunology, analytical & clinical chemistry, microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, biophysics, and biomedical engineering.
Biomedical science is ever changing and very dynamic, hence offers exciting career opportunities in specialist laboratory work, consultant work, research, education, and management while serving the human society. The findings of the biomedical scientists are instrumental in making the advancements of modern medicine.
Typical Biomedical Science Jobs
Biomedical scientists usually work in the laboratory. They handle biological samples (blood, urine, cells, and tissues) and use a wide range of laboratory equipment ranging from test tubes, beakers, and pipettes to computers and hi-tech equipment.
Some of the common job roles and responsibilities of a biomedical scientist are:
- testing and screening for lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cancer or cardiovascular disease; and screening for infectious ones such as rubella, hepatitis or Ebola
- investigating and understanding the disease mechanisms, profile and progression
- finding new, effective and innovative ways to detect diseases as early as possible (e.g. discovery of new biomarkers or a new method of detecting a biomarker)
- working towards discovery and development of treatments, which could be preventive (vaccines) and/or therapeutic (drugs and medicines)
After studying biomedical sciences (or engineering), one can be employed in various job roles within scientific research and development, bio-instrumentation, medical imaging, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, drug design and delivery, medical equipment manufacturing and supplies, hospital and healthcare