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Biophysics For Dummies by Ken Vos

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Chapter 21

Ten Careers for People Studying Biophysics

In This Chapter

arrow Considering academia

arrow Eyeing jobs in industry

arrow Working in hospitals and clinics

This chapter mentions a few types of jobs available to people interested in biophysics, medical physics, and health physics. A career in these fields can take place in academia, governments, hospitals and clinics, and in the private sector. This list isn’t exhaustive; I keep it general enough to cover a large percentage of the jobs. Consider which ones you might be interested in pursuing if biophysics is your passion.

Experimental Biophysicist in Academia

An experimental biophysicist uses the tools and instruments from physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics to study biological systems. A biological system can be anything from the membrane of a cell to a large environmental system with multiple living organisms.

In addition to knowing how to use instruments, such as a nuclear magnetic resonance machine in experiments, these professionals also need a working knowledge of computers for data collection and analysis. Experimental biophysicists work in a wide variety of university departments, including biochemistry, bioengineering, ...

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