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Vascular Scientist: Job & Career Info

Vascular scientists work both as technicians who treat patients and in labs doing research. Read on to learn more about this career. Find out how to become a vascular scientist and what the career prospects are to see if this is the right career for you.

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Career Definition for a Vascular Scientist

Some vascular scientists work as technicians to diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a medical doctor; however, most vascular scientists do not directly care for patients. Instead, many work in laboratories, developing cures and medicinal treatments for diseases of the blood vessels. Writing research papers, using medical software and laboratory equipment, and supervising others may also be required duties of a vascular scientist.

Education Bachelor's degree in biology or related field at minimum; certifcation may also be required
Job Skills Good communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to work with little supervision
Mean Salary (2015) $56,100* (for vascular technologists)
Job Growth (2014-2024) 24%* (for cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

A bachelor's degree in biology or a related field is the minimum training necessary for an entry-level position in vascular science. In fact, some technician jobs require career certification as well as the completion of a 4-year degree. Coursework might include microanatomy, molecular biology, and plant physiology. To reach the highest levels of success in your career in vascular science, a doctoral degree is required. Laboratory experience and other certifications may also be necessary.

Skills Required

A career in vascular science requires great communication and interpersonal skills as many long hours of research will be conducted with the same team members. Attention to detail and the ability to work with little supervision are also important traits for a career in vascular science.

Career and Economic Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists will increase of 24% from 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). With the increase in number of pharmaceutical drugs being tested, many new positions are available for the vascular scientist in the pharmaceutical sciences. According to the BLS, in May 2015, the mean annual salary for vascular technologists was $56,100.

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