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Toxicologist

Toxicologists investigate the possible harmful effects on living things of chemical agents (for example, drugs, pesticides, food additives, industrial chemicals), biological agents (for example, plant and animal toxins) and physical agents (for example, ionizing and electro-magnetic radiation).

Also Known As

Biological Scientist, Regulatory Toxicologist, Risk Assessment Toxicologist, Veterinary Toxicologist, Research Scientist

Employment and Advancement

Occupational outlook is currently unavailable. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Toxicologists are employed by agricultural chemical, pharmaceutical and food manufacturers, biotechnology companies, governments, universities, hospitals, research centres and consulting firms. A few work in the chemical and petrochemical industries. Some positions are temporary, funded by grants.

Salary increases and growing research and advisory responsibilities are the most tangible forms of advancement in this occupation. There are relatively few administrative and supervisory positions.

Toxicologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2121: Biologists and Related Scientists. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • locationin Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Employment growth is best for environmental toxicologists and environmental risk assessment toxicologists.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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