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CAREER GUIDANCE: Interested in medical research? Study Biomedical Laboratory Technology

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Added 3rd June 2007 03:00 AM

Your career choice should be based on genuine interests, talents and abilities. There is no good or bad university degree programme. Career success depends on how well you apply the skills acquired from your education.

Your career choice should be based on genuine interests, talents and abilities. There is no good or bad university degree programme. Career success depends on how well you apply the skills acquired from your education.

Dear Jamesa,
Please tell me something about Biomedical Laboratory Technology. What kind of work does a graduate do and how are the job opportunities? What other good programmes can I take when I have DDBD in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Agriculture respectively? Please help me realise my career dream
Ezra

Dear Ezra,
Your career choice should be based on genuine interests, talents and abilities. There is no good or bad university degree programme. Career success depends on how well you apply the skills acquired from your education.

BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY:
This is a field that provides professional expertise in biomedical laboratory science and technology. Biomedical lab technologists are scientists who do laboratory research. It is rated as one of the most marketable science courses. Graduates get employment opportunities in high tech medical research laboratories, NGOs and international research organisations.

Training:
Makerere University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine offers a three-year Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Technology degree evening programme. As part of the programme, the students must undergo an attachment placement that offers hands-on practical training. The attachment takes two forms depending on the interests of the student.

Hospital Series: This is a medically/clinically oriented attachment for students wishing to work in hospitals
lIndustrial, Research and Education

Series: This is an attachment for students wishing to work in industrial installations (processing and manufacturing), research, academic and educational institutions such as schools, universities, tertiary institutions and national agricultural research systems.

Requirements:
The core subjects required for the Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Science degree programme are Biology and Chemistry. Other relevant subjects are Physics, Mathematics, Geography, and Agriculture. Your subject combination, therefore, qualifies you for admission into this degree programme.

Career opportunities:
The demand for biomedical lab technologists is quite high, especially in medical research, food industry and industrial installation (processing and manufacturing).

Graduates of this programme get jobs with laboratory establishments as well as research-based organisations. Some of the graduates get into self-employment by opening up private research laboratories or by offering private consultancy services.

The following are some of the programmes you could apply for with your subject combination:

Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation:
Bachelor of Science in Forestry

Faculty of agriculture:
Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Agriculture, Agricultural Land Use and Management, Horticulture and Bachelor of Agribusiness Management.

Faculty of Science:
Bachelor of Science in Sport Science, Industrial Chemistry, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Geological Resource Management, Ethno Botany and Conservation Biology.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:
Bachelor of Vet Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Health and Management
Bachelor of Animal Production Technology and Management.

Faculty of Computing and Information Technology:
Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) and Bachelor of Information Technology
Every subject combination can help you chart a successful career path depending on the passion you have for that career.

As you choose degree programmes, bear in mind that not every programme requires specific subject combinations. Some degree programmes are flexible and you can pursue them with either a science or arts background.

Compiled by Jamesa WagwauSend your questions to
Education Vision, P.O. BOX 9815, Kampala OR
jwagwau@newvision.co.ug
Any question received in whatever form is deemed to be for publication

CAREER GUIDANCE: Interested in medical research? Study Biomedical Laboratory Technology

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