1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Medical Scientist
      Medical Scientific Officer

Conducts medical laboratory tests to develop applications for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and testing of drugs for therapeutic use.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • analyses samples of body tissue and fluids to develop techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases
  • prepares tissue sections for microscopic examination
  • examines and analyses samples to study the effects of microbial infections
  • advises medical practitioners on the interpretation of tests and methods for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • prepares scientific papers and reports
  • may test potential new chemicals for use as therapeutic treatments
  • may supervise the work of technical officers

Medical Physicist
Pharmacologist (Clinical Research)

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