Minimum BSc in Life Sciences

Minimum experience of 4 years is required

The tasks a Toxicologist (Pharmaceutical) is expected to perform include:

Conducting research on toxic effects of cosmetic products and ingredients on laboratory animals for cosmetics manufacturers

Applying cosmetic ingredient or cosmetic, being developed to exposed or shaved skin area of the test animal

Observing and examining skin periodically for possible development of abnormalities, inflammation or irritation

Injecting ingredient into test animal using hypodermic needle or syringe and periodically observingtheanimal for signs of toxicity

Injecting antidotes to determine which antidote best neutralise toxic effects

Testing and analysing blood samples for presence of toxic conditions using microscope and laboratory test equipment

Dissecting dead animals using surgical instruments and examining organs to determine effects of cosmetic ingredients being tested

Preparing formal reports of the test results

Efficient in isolating, identifying and measuring toxic substances or radiation

Proficient in planning and carrying out a wide range of experiments and tests in controlled environments

Ability to analyse and evaluate statistical data and research scientific literature

Skilled in writing reports or scientific papers and presenting the findings

Ability to handle toxic substances and radiations, safely

Proficient in studying the effects of harmful chemicals, biological agents and drug overdose

Efficient in complying with local, national and international regulations

Master?s Degree in General Toxicology

Team player

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Patient predisposition

Excellent analytical ability

Logical thinking

Attention to detail

Problem solving skills

It is a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Hospitals/clinics usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from hospital to hospital

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and those who have their Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is considered mildly hazardous

Health risks include infections or allergies from toxic substances

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers - 25,000 to 40,000 per month

For candidates with experience - 50,000 to 60,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Size and Expected Growth of the Indian Health Care Sector

According to a report by India Brand Equity Foundation, the Indian healthcare industry is projected to continue its rapid expansion, with an estimated market value of US$ 280 billion by 2020, on the back of increased population growth in India's low income communities.

Large investments by private sector players are likely to contribute significantly to the development of India's hospital industry and the sector is poised to grow to US$ 100 billion by the year 2015 and further to US$ 280 billion by 2020.

Private sector's share in healthcare delivery is expected to increase from 66 per cent in 2005 to 81 per cent by 2015. Private sector's share in hospitals and hospital beds is estimated at 74 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively.

The diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India's healthcare industry, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), with the segment forecasted to grow to US$ 17 billion by 2021.

As people become more health conscious, there is a greater need for those who study toxins. There are various fields of toxicology and hence there is potential to grow within toxicology, especially in the Indian scenario which is characterised by rising demand for medical care and related services. A great potential for employment and a strong career for aspiring Toxicologists and other medical practitioners is being recognised nationwide.

Government and private hospitals Medical colleges

Government and industrial laboratories

Cities and towns across India