What is a Clinical Specialist -

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A clinical specialist most often works in a lab as part of an investigative team of technologists, technicians, and supervisors doing clinical lab tests. Clinical specialists are responsible for identifying, treating, and monitoring illnesses. Clinical specialists usually work specifically with one area such as: bacteria or parasites. It is their job to complete such test-related tasks as: analyzing fluids, drug testing, preparing specimens, counting cells, and making lab cultures.

While the qualifications required to be a clinical specialist may vary widely depending on who is hiring a minimum qualification is usually a four-year bachelor's of science degree in medical technology, biology, chemistry, or ecology or physics. Required courses usually include: biochemistry, microbiology, human anatomy, physics, mathematics, biostatistics, and physiology. Specific lab techniques or a state license may be required by the employer.

Clinical specialists are often responsible for doing a specific test (like drug testing).Clinical specialists need to work well as part of a team. They need to be well organized and precise in records. Clinical specialists also need good written and oral communications skills.

The job outlook is moderately good for clinical specialists as UK positions are growing at a rate of over 20%. This is largely due to normal attrition.

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