Toxicologists


Overview

Toxicologists

Introduction

Toxicologists design and conduct studies to determine the potential toxicity of chemical, physical, or biological agents on humans, plants, and animals. They provide information on the hazards of these substances to federal, state, and local government agencies, private businesses, and the public. Toxicologists may suggest alternatives to using products that contain dangerous amounts of toxins, often by testifying at official hearings. The Society of Toxicology has more than 8,000 members. 

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Median Salary

$88,790

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree


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Experience

Internships


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Toxicologists have good earning potential. Wages vary depending on level of experience, education, and employer. According to Salary.com, in September 2020, the median salary for all toxicologists was $79,181. Salaries ranged from $52,643 or less to $110,591 or more. Toxicologists in executive positions earn more than $150,000, and in the corporate arena they can earn more than $250,000. Those ...

Work Environment

Toxicologists usually work in well-equipped laboratories or offices, either as part of a team or alone. Research in libraries or in the field is a major part of the job. Some toxicologists work a standard 40-hour workweek, although many work longer hours. Overtime is expected if an important research project is on deadline. Research and experimentation can be both physically and mentally tiring...

Outlook

Employment opportunities for toxicologists are expected to continue to be good. The growing use of chemicals and pharmaceuticals by society has created demand for trained professionals to determine and limit the health risks associated with potential toxins. Toxicologists are also contributing their knowledge during the coronavirus pandemic. As described in an article by medical professionals, ...

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