Toxicologists

Toxicologists design and conduct studies to determine the potential toxicity of chemical, physical, or biological agents on humans, plants, and animals. They provide information on the hazards of these substances to federal, state, and local government agencies, private businesses, and the public. Toxicologists may suggest alternatives to using products that contain dangerous amounts of toxins, often by testifying at official hearings. The Society of Toxicology has more than 7,700 members. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Clinical Toxicologists, Industrial Toxicologists
Duties Design and conduct studies to determine the potential toxicity of chemical, physical, or biological agents on humans, plants, and animals; develop methods to treat poisonings
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Vice-President of Company
  • Head of Research Department or Professor
  • Toxicologist
  • Science Technician

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