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Overview: Toxicologists combine the studies of biology and chemistry to understand the potential harmful effects of chemicals, alcohol, heavy metals and pollutants on living organisms. They provide information to the public about potential hazards of these substances on our health & environment.
Duties: They develop new methods to measure the potential harmful effects of chemicals and physical agents on human health and the amounts of dosage that cause damage. They use computers and instruments.

They design studies and collect data to assess the impact of toxic substances on our health and the environment. They statistically analyze data and interpret their study findings.

They conduct experiments with laboratory animals to assess the effects of chemicals, heavy metals, alcohol, pollutants, etc. on specific organs. Analyze blood and body fluids for toxins.

They recommend to government agencies new rules and regulations that should be followed by industry and government. They participate in government hearings regarding violations.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of toxicologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Government pressure to reduce animal studies for drug testing and use cell and molecular techniques is driving the growth. Also, the growing concern to keep products and workplaces safe will lead to more jobs.
Salary Range (National Average): $36,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: The minimal requirement is a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry or pharmacology, but this will limit one's career advancement. A master's or a doctorate in toxicology is recommended to work as a researcher or project manager. Coursework includes chemistry, biology, biochemistry, anatomy, pathology, computer applications, statistics and research design.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.