It's never too late to start the career you've always wanted. Famed fashion designer Vera Wang was 40 years old when she decided to pursue a career in fashion. Writer Harry Bernstein didn't write a bestseller until he was 96. Queen guitarist, Brian May, became an astrophysicist when he was 60. There's always an opportunity for change if you're willing to work for it (and if you put yourself in a position to catch a few lucky breaks along the way). If you've always dreamed of being a scientist like Brian May, or maybe even as a forensic expert like your favorite characters on CSI, it's not too late to go back to school and find a lucrative career. Here are four fascinating careers available in fields related to biomedical technology.
Thanks to thrilling television shows like CSI and Forensic Files, people are fascinated by the technology of forensics and how it can be used to solve seemingly impossible crimes. Forensic technologists analyze physical evidence like DNA, bodily fluids, and hair. In biomedical technology school, you'll study a wide range of scientific fields such as anatomy, biology, physiology, and genetics, all information that will prepare you for a career in forensics, a job that pays an average of $58,000 a year.
Another fascinating biomedical career is assessing the affects and the safety of substances like drugs and chemical agents on living organisms. As a toxicologist, you would be responsible for testing samples of bodily fluid or tissue to determine if drugs or chemicals are present in the sample; this is another field that can be useful in forensics. On average, a toxicologist makes $34,000 to $64,000 per year.
If your dream is to while away the hours working happily in a lab, education in biomedical technology could lead you to a career as a medical research assistant working in research hospitals, university labs, cancer labs, and other research institutions. And because there is such a need in so many fields, you can pick the area of research that interests you most. A medical researcher like a biological technician makes between $31,000 and $50,000 per year on average.
Another fascinating career in biomedical technology is a nutritionist. The more scientists learn how intimately bodies are connected to the food they ingest, the more the demand has grown for people who understand the science of nutrition. Nutritionists study how food and health are connected and help clients understand and build plans for healthy eating and healthy living. On average, a nutritionist makes between $60,000 and $80,000.