Facilitating a Career Change to Toxicology

If you’re considering a change of career and want to work in a highly rewarding field that allows you to take on work that has significant meaning for the people and environment around you, then you might be considering training to become a toxicologist. Toxicologists work in a number of different environments, for example, in a forensics lab, or outdoors at the sites of chemical spills and other disasters to ensure public safety and restore the environment. As a toxicologist, you may also work on public health issues, for example, testing certain chemicals or even medications to determine the effect on public health. If you’re considering a complete career change and want to pursue working in toxicology, here are some top tips to help you get started.

Tip #1. Work out Which Education You Need:

The road to becoming a toxicologist is not an easy one. However, the good news is that those looking for a change of career may already be partly qualified. For example, if you majored in a science subject for your college degree, then you will likely be able to qualify as a toxicologist simply by attending graduate school and eliminating the need to go back to square one for your college degree. If you do not have a college degree or majored in something completely unrelated, then it’s a good idea to look into your options for studying toxicology online or part-time, so that you can continue working as you prepare to change careers.

Tip #2. Get Some Experience:

Since the role of a toxicologist is usually very hands-on, it’s often important for new toxicologists to have some experience of working in this field before they can obtain paid employment within an organization. Whilst preparing for your career change, it’s a good idea to seek out lower roles that will allow you to gain this valuable experience, such as volunteering for an environmental company or undertaking an internship in a forensics lab, depending on the field of toxicology that you’re hoping to get into. Although this may mean that you’ll need to budget wisely and take a hit to your income for a while, it’ll certainly be worth it when you land your dream toxicology job. Take a look at average salaries over at Health Care Salaries Guide.

Tip #3. Prepare Financially:

Any career change usually means that, for a while, your income will be a little lower as you improve yourself, gain the relevant qualifications, and if necessary gain experience to aid you in pursuing your new career. This is certainly true for toxicology since you’ll need to study for a number of years to become qualified and perhaps volunteer your time or work for intern level wages to increase your experience. So, before you head out down the route, it’s important to prepare yourself financially by having some savings that you can use to pay for your education and continue to cover your living costs whilst facilitating the change.

If you found these tips helpful, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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