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Toxicology

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Brevin Beatras

on 14 April 2011

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Transcript of Toxicology

TOXICOLOGY Challenges
Wise use of chemicals is an essential component of the high standard of living we enjoy. The challenge to toxicologists is to ensure that we are not endangering our health or the environment with the products and by-products of modern and comfortable living. As a career, toxicology provides the excitement of science and research while also contributing to the well-being of current and future generations. Few other careers offer such exciting and socially important challenges as protecting public health and the environment.
Opportunities
With the increase in our health consciousness, as well as concern for our environment, a wide and growing variety of career opportunities exist in toxicology.
Toxicologists:
•participate in basic research using the most advanced techniques in molecular biology, analytical chemistry and biomedical sciences;
•work with chemical, pharmaceutical and many other industries to test and ensure that their products and workplaces are safe, and to evaluate the implications of new research data;
•work for local and federal governments to develop and enforce laws to ensure that chemicals are produced, used and disposed of safely; work in academic institutions to teach others about the safe use of chemicals and to train future toxicologists.
Attractive Salaries and Professional Advancement
The demand for well-trained toxicologists continues to increase. Highly competitive salaries are available in a variety of employment sectors. Increasing specialization in the science of toxicology now provides the toxicologist with a competitive advantage over chemists, engineers, biologists or other scientists without specialized training in toxicology. Opportunities are available for career advancement to executive levels for those with organizational and administrative traits. DUTIES:
• Investigates environmental hazards sites: coordinate to understand community concerns regarding those sites, coordinate to collect data about sites, and conduct analysis of those sites using standard exposure assessment and risk assessment procedures.
• Works closely with other EEP, department and interagency projects involving environmental health.
• Manages budgets, equipment, schedules, and grant requirements.
• Supervises staff epidemiologists and health educators.
• Coordinates the preparation, review and publication of reports, tracks performance objectives and health education services.
• Provides consultation on a variety of public health priorities.
QUALIFICATIONS:
•Masters degree, or higher, in Toxicology or closely related field is required.
•Experience in exposure assessment and risk assessment for toxic chemical or radiological environmental hazards sites.
•Experience in managing staff, projects, and budgets.
•Experience with SAS statistical and data management software
•Preference will be given to qualified applicants with experience in environmental hazard assessment.
BENEFITS:
Competitive benefit package: medical (biweekly family premiums range from $26.34 to $182.43), dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, 1.5% employer contribution to 401(k), annual leave, sick leave, holiday pay, and a pension (4 year vesting). In addition, employees may choose to enroll in voluntary benefits such as vision insurance, additional life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D), long term care, Hyatt Legal, discounted home and auto insurance, and membership to the Access discount program.
Students can prepare for a future in toxicology by taking undergraduate courses; there are only five universities in the United States that offer an undergraduate degree in toxicology. Other schools offer toxicology credit while studying biology, environmental science or forensics.

Toxicology Majors
There are five universities that have a bachelor's degree in toxicology. They are Ashland University, Pennsylvania State University, St. John's University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Each four-year undergraduate degree prepares students for the master's degree in toxicology, which all five universities also offer on their campuses. The degree is set up so students only take courses that are required for the master's degree.

Toxicology Concentrations
Several colleges and universities in the United States offer toxicology minors or concentrations. These schools have majors in biology, biomedicine, forensics, pharmacology, environmental science and other fields. When a student chooses a concentration in toxicology with the major they take courses in toxicology alongside the programs requirements with the intention of continuing on to a Master's degree. Some colleges with toxicology concentration are Minnesota State, Northeastern University, Clarkson University and the University of Buffalo.

Majors in Biology or Chemistry
Students do not need to major in toxicology or even have a concentration in it to become a toxicologist. They can pursue a major in biology or chemistry and then work toward a master's in toxicology. Students should choose to take plenty of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and math to be accepted into a master's program in toxicology. With this route, it is up to the student to choose the right courses instead of having the curriculum laid out for them.

Online Degrees
Despite the popularity of online degrees, there are no online undergraduate degrees in toxicology. Students who wish to pursue an online degree in this field should study biology or chemistry with the intention of achieving a master's degree in toxicology. There are several online schools that offer master's in toxicology such as Drexel University, the University of Newcastle and the University of Ulster. Toxicology is the study of the effects of poisons on humans, animals or the environment. !!!!!THE END!!!!!
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