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Clinical Scientist

A clinical scientist oversees specialist tests for diagnosing and managing disease. They frequently advise doctors on using tests and interpreting data and they also carry out research to devise new therapies and to understand diseases.  Clinical scientists focus on one of three main areas: life sciences, physiological sciences or clinical engineering.

A clinical scientist working in life sciences includes work in the fields of embryology, pathology, genetics and haematology. In the area of physiological sciences, clinical scientists are more likely to work directly with patients; they could work in audiology or cardiac physiology. Working in clinical engineering, clinical scientists are involved in developing and designing instruments to treat and monitor patients, creating new ways to treat and diagnose illness, and ensuring complex equipment is set up and used correctly.

Trainee clinical scientists working within the NHS earn at least £20,710 and managers may earn up to £65,657.

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