Career - Immunology
Immunology involves all aspects of the immune system including the natural immune response to invading pathogens, as well as the study of immunological disorders. Immunology is usually studied as a subject within a Medical Science degree with significant focus on antibodies and the immune cells that produce them. Immunology is often studied alongside subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology and pathology. Medical Science graduates (with immunology subjects) may find employment as laboratory assistants, laboratory technicians, laboratory scientists and laboratory officers in pathology, hospital and other diagnostic and infectious disease laboratories. Due to the tailored nature of Medical Science degrees, graduates usually find employment without the requirement for further study to higher degrees such as Honours, Masters or PhD. However, if a career in research is desired, a Bachelor degree with immunology associated subjects may serve as a solid foundation for research involving almost any type of infectious disease or immunological disorder. Given the importance of the immune system for human health, higher degree graduates with immunology experience usually have little trouble obtaining positions in medical research.