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Medical Scientist

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€32k > 54
Medical Scientist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€32 - 54
Related Information:
The Salary Scale for the post is (01/04/17):

€32,048 – €33,380 – €35,498 – €36,501 – €37,455 – €39,712 – €41,172 – €42,646 – €44,144 – €45,640 – €47,141 – €48,654 – €50,176 – €51,717 – €53,213 – €54,241 LSI
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HSE

Last Updated: October, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

While the supply of graduates appears to be sufficient to meet the annual recruitment requirement (5,500 graduates in 2017), the demand is arising for roles for those with a high level of experience and/or in niche areas. The demand is for a small number of people given the relatively small size of this occupation (approx. 1% of total employment) and in the areas associated with pharmaceuticals, biopharma and food development.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

5%
Occupational Category

Scientists

Also included in this category:

Analytical chemists; industrial chemists; biomedical scientists; forensic scientists; microbiologists; geologists; medical physicists; meteorologists.

Number Employed:

17,900

Part time workers: 6%
Male / Female: 60 / 40%
Non-Nationals: 21%
With Third Level: 95%
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At a Glance... header image

Works in clinical pathology (hospital) and research laboratories performing and interpreting tests for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.


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The Work header image

A Medical Scientist works in the diagnosis and research of disease in healthcare or research laboratories.

The work of a medical scientist includes:

  • Managing the laboratory service and ensuring that the patient receives quality-assured, standardised results which aid in their disease diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.
  • Providing infection surveillance to monitor hospital-acquired infections and many novel molecular tests for disease-related genetic aberrations.
  • Working in Pathology sectors including Blood Transfusion, Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Immunology, Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Cytology, Transplantation and Virology.

Medical Science disciplines include the following areas:

  • Blood Transfusion Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Clinical Immunology


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.

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Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.

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Study animal and human health and physiological processes.

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Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.

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Write and publish articles in scientific journals.

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Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.

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Use equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, electron microscopes, flow cytometers, and chromatography systems.

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Prepare and analyze organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.

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Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.

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Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

Entry Routesheader image

Medical Scientists typically hold a level 8 honors degree. An ACSLM-approved course that includes Clinical Placement is required to practice as a Medical Scientist in a hospital laboratory in Ireland.

There are three 3rd level institutions in Ireland which offer ACSLM approved courses:

  • Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT): Biomedical Science DT204
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT): Medical Science GA785
  • Cork Institute of Technology/University College Cork (CIT/UCC): Biomedical Science CR320

Graduates who have completed an ACSLM-approved honours degree and a clinical laboratory placement are then eligible to practise as medical scientists in clinical pathology (hospital) laboratories in Ireland as well as other countries.

Graduates of these degree programmes also work as scientists in commercial and private pathology laboratories, research laboratories and in biomedical science positions worldwide. 

[See also: Why choose a career as a Medical Scientist? from ACSLM]

 

Last Updated: October, 2017


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Organisation: Academy of Clinical Science & Laboratory Medicine - ACSLM
Address: 31 Old Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08V062
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