Toxicology is the branch of medicine that combines Chemistry and Biology. It deals with the study of the unfavorable effects of chemicals in living creatures is called as Toxicology. This branch of medicine includes the examination of symptoms, the mechanisms, cure and the discovery of poisoning, especially in human beings. The qualification needed by one to appear for this exam is a graduate degree in medicine. They should also possess a membership with the Medical Council of India
To become a toxicologist, one must take science stream for +2 or PUC. Later, one can opt for a Bachelors degree in botany, chemistry, zoology, biochemistry, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, environmental biology or any other life sciences discipline. For a student interested in entering the field of toxicology, a Bachelor of Science degree is the minimum requirement.
After Bachelors, one can go for Master of Science in toxicology i.e M.Sc. Toxicology. There are various specializations in toxicology, and each one requires a specific background in some or the other subject.
- M.Phil. Environmental Toxicology
- M.Sc. Environmental Toxicology
- M.Sc. Toxicology
- As a toxicologist, you need a logical and independent mind, along with meticulous attention to detail
- You need excellent written and oral communication skills, along with good team-working abilities
Top Institutes In India:
- CSIR- Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow
- SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development, Kalamassery
- Bhavan’s New Science College, Hyderabad
- Jamia Hamdard: School of Chemical and Life Sciences, New Delhi
Being a toxicologist requires niche skills which are high in demand. The demand for toxicologists to research the effects of products that the companies want to bring to market is increasing among companies. With the need to list the ingredients on food products and the push for testing cosmetics, there is an dire need for toxicologists across India.
Toxicologists can work in a variety of roles. They may work in a teaching role or work in a consulting role or they may stay true to their background and work in a research or scientific role.
Starting salary for an M.Sc. holder in this field can range between Rs. 25,000 to 40,000. Those with experience and specialisation can earn up to Rs. 1 lakh per month. For example, A toxicologist with a veterinary or medical degree, and a postgraduate qualification can draw above Rs. 50,000 a month.
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