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We spend $6 billion on athletic shoes a year. The National Cancer Institute spent $2.4 billion in 1997 trying to find a cure for cancer.

Career Descriptions

Depending on your interests, there are many career options in biomedical research!
Animal Behaviorists study animals to collect data on their behavior and activity.

Animal Care/Laboratory Animal Technicians provide food and water, clean housing, and enrichment for laboratory animals and monitor animal health on a daily basis.

Animal Facility Supervisors oversee the animal facility setting, ensuring that all laws and regulations are followed.

Animal Health Technicians monitor animal health and provide medical care as prescribed by a veterinarian.

Biomedical Engineers work in the practical application of engineering as it relates to health and medicine.

Cagewashers and Facility Maintenance personnel keep research facilities and equipment clean, dependable, and safe.

Cardiologists research disorders of the heart and blood vessels and develop life-saving drugs and surgical techniques such as pacemakers and artificial heart valves.

Clinical Trials Associates organize the testing of new drugs and technical procedures on humans.

Computer Scientists and Programmers create and design programs for use in research, tally data, and perform statistical analysis of research results.

Endocrinologists research disorders of the endocrine system and related conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and thyroidism.

Engineers design and create equipment, facilities, devices, and materials used in a research environment.

Geneticists study heredity, genes, and DNA. Stem cells and genetically modified organisms are areas of such research.

Hematologists research ways to treat diseases of the blood, spleen, and lymph glands, such as anemia, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and leukemia.

Immunologists study the body’s defense mechanisms against viral or bacterial invasions and develop preventative vaccines and treatments.

Laboratory Assistants help technicians, veterinarians, and researchers in the laboratory setting.

Laboratory Veterinarians provide medical care to animals, perform independent research, and serve as consultants and collaborators to research investigators.

Medical Doctors provide medical care to humans, work on advances in medical procedures and surgical techniques, and discover new drugs and medical treatments.

Medical Technologists perform laboratory tests in medical and hospital diagnostic laboratories.

Microbiologists research the causes of disease such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Nutritionists design healthier diets for animals and humans and study food-borne illnesses.

Oncologists research ways to treat and cure all types of cancer, in humans and in animals.

Pharmaceutical Technicians assist researchers in discovering and creating new medicines.

Pre-Clinical Trials Associates work with scientists testing new drugs and procedures on animals prior to testing on humans.

Pulmonologists research ways to treat diseases of the lungs and airways such as lung cancer, pneumonia, pleurisy, asthma, sleep disorders (which often affect breathing), and emphysema.

Regulatory Affairs Specialists maintain and enforce the laws and rules that govern the use of animals in all areas of research.

Research Associates/Technicians work with scientists, doctors, and vets in laboratories assisting in experiments, analyzing data, and maintaining equipment.

Research Veterinarians research the diseases and conditions associated with domestic pets, livestock, and wild animals and develop vaccines, treatments, and cures.

Researchers/Scientists study medical conditions and conduct experiments in all fields of biomedical research to develop new medical techniques, devices, treatments, and medicines.

Statisticians use computers to help researchers design experiments and analyze the results.

Technical Writers write research plans, grant applications, and the specifications and procedures for using new medicines and surgical advances, and record and publish the results of research.

Toxicologists study toxic substances and their effects on organisms, helping people and animals that have been poisoned by household or industrial toxins, environmental toxins, and prescription and nonprescription drugs.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspectors are responsible for inspecting farms, meat packing facilities, zoos, and medical research facilities to ensure that all federal laws are strictly upheld.

Veterinary Technicians assist veterinarians with veterinary care. They can work in private animal clinics, animal hospitals, zoos, or research facilities.

The main characteristics these careers have in common are a joy for discovery; a need to further our understanding of disease, medical conditions, and health; and the desire to help both humans and animals. There is a job in biomedical research that will suit you perfectly!

Where do biomedical research professionals work?
Just as careers in biomedical research cover a wide range of positions and fields, jobs can be found worldwide in a variety of work environments. There are positions in:

  1. Research corporations
  2. Biotech firms
  3. Colleges/universities
  4. Pharmaceutical companies
  5. Hospitals/medical schools
  6. Veterinary schools
  7. Military/government agencies
  8. Non-profit associations
  9. Voluntary health organizations



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Donít people choose careers in medical research using animals because it is an easy way to receive funding dollars and make high salaries?
No. Most researchers could make more money in other careers. People choose to go into research because they want to find answers to complicated questions. Animal research is often a vital step in finding the answers. more...