The role of toxicologist involves determining the risks that certain chemicals pose to humans, animals and the environment, and to monitor any impact on them. The role may involve working for a private company, a health organisation or a government agency.
This page lists a number of UK based employment agencies that have specific knowledge and experience in placing suitable candidates into toxicology vacancies.
Maths and science are at the heart of this role, so any would-be toxicologist should take as many related subjects as possible, including biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Degrees should focus on these subjects, together with subjects such as public relations and communication, since the modern toxicologist deals with legal representatives and insurance companies.
Jobs may include analysis of drug overdoses, exposure to chemicals and medical malpractice.For specialist roles within toxicology, a Masters and a PHD should be taken in a relevant area.
Toxicologists are required by many government and commercial organisations, including the NHS, the military, universities, the Home Office, and a multitude of pharmaceutical and industrial operations.
Private sector entry salaries range between £21,500 and £26,500, while NHS toxicologists start on around £21,000. All these figures can rise substantially with experience, perhaps to over £34,000. Very experienced toxicologists can earn £70,000 or more.