Profession toxicologist

Toxicologists study the effects that chemical substances or biological and physical agents have in living organisms, more specifically, on the environment and on the animal and human health. They determine doses of the exposure to substances for arising toxic effects in environments, people, and living organisms, and also perform experiments on animals and cell cultures.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Investigative / Artistic
  • Investigative / Social

Knowledge

  • Analytical chemistry

    Instruments and methods used to separate, identify and quanitfy matter - the chemical components of natural and artificial materials and solutions.

  • Toxicology

    The negative effects of chemicals on living organisms, their dose and exposure.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

Skills

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Perform chemical experiments

    Perform chemical experiments with the aim of testing various products and substances in order to draw conclusions in terms of product viability and replicability.

  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Perform toxicological studies

    Perform tests to detect poisons or drug misuse and help to monitor therapy by using chemical reagents, enzymes, radioisotopes and antibodies to detect abnormal chemical concentrations in the body.

  • Use chemical analysis equipment

    Use the laboratory equipment such as Atomic Absorption equimpent, PH and conductivity meters or salt spray chambre.

Optional knowledge and skills

public health control production test samples for pollutants assess environmental impact pharmacology develop scientific research protocols prepare compliance documents troubleshoot cosmetics formula issues biological chemistry develop pharmaceutical drugs provide technical expertise conduct research on fauna analyse cell cultures develop patient treatment strategies assist in clinical trials develop scientific theories assist police investigations write scientific papers write research proposals report on environmental issues collect samples for analysis provide specialist pharmaceutical advice archive scientific documentation analyse environmental data advise on legislative acts conduct experiments on animals use a computer conduct research on flora contribute to registration of pharmaceutical products biology analyse blood samples prepare lesson content recommend product improvements perform lectures