Hi, I am a toxicologist, let me show you around my work place and tell you what I do on a daily bases.
We are responsible for carrying out studies about specific chemicals or social and economical importance to determine the conditions these chemicals are used under is safe or not. The impacts of chemicals on human, wildlife, environment.
For researchers, there are those in academic and nonprofit institutions that are more involved in the discovery of new knowledge about how the chemical produces and causes such toxic effects.
For me, I do product safety evaluation. I assist in testing the safety of their products, such as therapeutic drugs, food additives, cosmetics and many more. Because of the federal law, factories and companies are required to submit adequate testing of the products before it is released into the market.
I am toxicologist and a consultant for public services and regulatory affairs. I educate and raise public awareness of chemical hazards. We are mostly hired by the government, regulatory agencies to assist the development and enforcement of the law. Our consulting services are provided to local death departments, public utilities and other industries to assist them in resolving public health and environmental problems.
Postgraduate programmes have very specific requirements for admission. Not only do you need a undergraduate degree in related disciplines, the requirements often require advanced coursework in chem, especially organic chem, at least one year of general bio, college maths with calculus.