Biomedical science careers
A drive for wanting to know more has shaped Dr Stephanie Simond’s career pathway to date. Studying at Monash gave Stephanie that opportunity, where she’s been pursuing her passion for understanding how our bodies work from her undegraduate degree to her PhD. She’s now a NHMRC research fellow, based at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and her research focuses on the link between cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Biomedical research is fundamental to our understanding of how diseases develop and in turn, how they can be treated or cured. Researchers like Stephanie contribute to new knowledge in their field of expertise, uncover new phenomena and pioneer new techniques for solving scientific problems.
Watch Stephanie’s video to learn how her recent discoveries could one day change how cardiovascular disease is treated.
Discover careers in biomedical science
Becoming a biomedical researcher, like Stephanie, is just one option. Studying biomedical science provides opportunities for you to explore of a range of exciting careers including:
- Biomedical researcher: Researchers play an important role in creating therapeutics and treatments that help people live healthier lives. Depending on your area of interest, you could be exploring new treatments for diseases like diabetes, or discovering new insights into about how different cancers develop.
- Clinical trials coordinator: Clinical trials are a key part of the research process, and help turn research into treatments or devices. Clinical trial coordinators usually work at medical research institutes and hospitals and are responsible for many aspects of a trial – from recruiting participants, liaising with clinicians and scientists, and monitoring data.
- Forensic scientist: Forensic scientists apply scientific research to investigate crimes, accidents or other incidents and work in fields like toxicology, molecular biology and histology. Excellent lab, technical and problem solving skills are key - though be warned, it's not always like what you might see on TV!
- Medical or pharmaceutical sales representative: Representatives working in medical or pharmaceutical sales help promote and sell products or devices to GPs, specialists and allied health professionals. The best people for selling a product, are those who understand how it works – and it’s a great role if you’re interested in combining biomedical science with business and marketing.
- Medical science liaison: A medical science liaison (MSL) is a specific role within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and other healthcare industries. MSLs concentrate on a specific therapeutic areas and work for a company developing products. As an MSL, you’re a subject expert within a biotech or pharma company, and the go-to person for complex questions about a product or treatment. Building relationships is a crucial part of a MSL’s role, and you’ll get to discuss exciting scientific and research developments with thought leaders in medicine.
- Science writer: Science writers transform complex scientific and medical concepts into news and information that a general audience can understand. You'll be across the latest developments and could even be the first to share an exciting breakthrough with the public. As a science writer, you could work for media outlet, specialist journal, or in emerging areas like podcasting.
If you’re passionate about working with patients and improving health, our Bachelor of Biomedical Science is also an excellent foundation for graduate study, where you can then pursue a clinical or allied health career, such as a:
- Occupational therapist
- Radiation therapist
Take your first step towards a life changing career.
Ready to discover how we can control, prevent and cure disease?
A Bachelor of Biomedical Science opens the door to a range of rewarding careers.