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Career progression may see you specialising in a certain area of toxicology and moving away from the laboratory
Salaries may be lower in some public sector and contract laboratories and location will influence salary.
Income figures are intended as a guide only.
Once you're in the job, you may want to work towards a Masters or PhD relating to your specific area of toxicology. For example, if you're working in environmental or ecotoxicology, you could take a Masters in a subject such as pollution science, waste management or aquatic resource management. This could be helpful for longer-term career progression and some employers may support and even sponsor you to do this while working.
You can also take relevant advanced qualifications at diploma level through the following organisations:
In addition to practical laboratory-based and GLP (good laboratory practice) training, you're likely to receive training in project and study management, data interpretation, report writing, and presentation skills. If you're involved in forensic work you will be trained in court reporting as well.
Toxicologists working within the NHS have to undergo specific training, which varies depending on the entry route to the profession. Get more information from NHS Careers: Analytical Toxicology .
It's likely that as your career progresses, you'll spend less time on practical and laboratory-based scientific work and more time on office-based and supervisory work. You can progress into project management, having the responsibility of directing others. There may be opportunities to move into consultancy work.
There is scope to specialise within toxicology or to move into related scientific fields. Opportunities depend on your background and experience but specialist areas include:
Once you've gained some experience, you'll be able to apply to become a Registered Toxicologist on the UK Register of Toxicologists . To become registered you need to:
Gaining entry to the UK Register gives you automatic membership of EUROTOX: Federation of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology .
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