Medical Science Careers

Medical science professionals use their scientific expertise to diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Dedicated to helping people and advancing healthcare, a medical science career is both rewarding and challenging.

As a medical science professional, you can contribute to the development of new treatments, systems, procedures, and technologies that cure diseases and enhance patient health and outcomes.  

Medical science roles include:  

  • general practitioner (GP),
  • clinical physiologist,
  • biotechnologists,
  • medical laboratory scientist, or
  • medical researcher.

You may work one-on-one with patients, or indirectly help patients and communities within a range of industries such as diagnostic physiology measurement, food and nutrition, health education, public health, biopharmaceutical, medical research laboratories and more.  

Strong job growth is projected by Labour Market Insights (2022) for general practitioner jobs with a projected change of 10.2% (or 6,300 jobs) by 2026. And medical laboratory scientists are expecting moderate job growth of 5.6% by 2026.  

Skills and traits

In a medical science career, you’ll use critical thinking skills, be an active learner and have an interest in science, anatomy, biology, and chemistry. You’ll think analytically and make sense of information, ideas and data.

  • Clinical skills
  • Commitment to high ethical standards
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Attention to detail in record keeping and performing procedures
  • Observant
  • Interest in medical sciences and lifelong learning