What Does a Biomedical Scientist Do?

The role of a biomedical scientist is to assist in diagnosing potential ailments and diseases, and suggesting suitable treatments using technical equipment and laboratory tests. Without the people in biomedical sciences jobs, many key hospital departments – such as Emergency Departments and theatre – would not be able to function.  

Employing modern-day scientific techniques, automated machinery and microscopic investigations, BMS jobs include screening samples to check for conditions such as cancer, AIDS and meningitis. Biomedical Scientists also check the suitability of blood for emergency transfusions following heart attacks or overdoses. 

BMS jobs tend to be very analytical and require a high level of attention to detail. They usually fall into one of three main categories:

  • Infection sciences – Specialising in medical microbiology and virology to help stop the spread of infections through antibiotics.

  • Blood sciences – Offering the correct diagnosis and treatment for blood-related abnormalities – such as transfusions, immunology and haematology. 

  • Cellular sciences – Checking specific cellular groups to determine any potential ailments. 

Any healthcare professional looking for a biomedical sciences job needs to have a relevant degree in Healthcare Science, or a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-approved and Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited Biomedical Sciences honours degree.