In Summary - Immunologist
Immunologists typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Immunologist
Immunologists research and diagnose abnormal functions in the human immune system. This includes such processes as allergen testing and prognostic testing. It also includes autoantibody testing for rheumatoid arthritis for example.
They may also measure a patient's response to tissue grafts, organ transplants and vaccinations. They are also involved in the research into discovering new methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Their work involves liaising with other professionals. At a senior level they may be responsible for heading a team of biomedical scientists and other support staff.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Diagnose or treat allergic or immunologic conditions.
- Order or perform diagnostic tests such as skin pricks and intradermal, patch, or delayed hypersensitivity tests.
- Educate patients about diagnoses, prognoses, or treatments.
- Develop individualized treatment plans for patients, considering patient preferences, clinical data, or the risks and benefits of therapies.
- Prescribe medication such as antihistamines, antibiotics, and nasal, oral, topical, or inhaled glucocorticosteroids.
- Document patients' medical histories.
- Conduct physical examinations of patients.
- Assess the risks and benefits of therapies for allergic and immunologic disorders.
- Interpret diagnostic test results to make appropriate differential diagnoses.
- Provide therapies, such as allergen immunotherapy and immunoglobin therapy, to treat immune conditions.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Immunologist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
As an immunologist you must be able to think logically.
You will need a thorough and methodical approach to your work. A very high degree of accuracy, attention to detail and an enquiring mind are essential.
You must be able to plan and use practical experiments. You need good communication skills for working in a team and must also be able to work independently. You must be able to present your work legibly and articulately.
You will need good up-to-date IT skills.
Entry Requirements - Immunologist
Pay & Salary - Immunologist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 28k - k
Entrants: 28 - 32
Last Updated: March, 2011
* 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.