Toxicologists plan and carry out laboratory and field studies to identify, monitor and evaluate the impact of toxic materials and radiation on human and animal health, the environment, and the impact of future technology.

Toxicologists in medical organisations are responsible for the scientific identification, measurement and study of the effects of harmful chemicals, biological agents and drug overdoses on the human body. They plan and carry out investigations to determine the impact of toxic materials and advise on the treatment of affected patients.

Careers in toxicology are divided into eight broad areas:

  • industrial;
  • pharmaceutical;
  • academic/university;
  • clinical;
  • forensic;
  • regulatory;
  • occupational;
  • ecotoxicology.