An Anatomist is a Biological scientist who studies the internal structure of living beings. Most of the anatomists are educators or biomedical researchers that are focused on the anatomical form of human and their function. Anatomists mostly specialise in areas like cell biology, biological imaging, endocrinology, genetics, histology, molecular development, microscopy, neuroscience, physical anthropology, forensics, etc. Many anatomists usually work in colleges laboratories or medical centres or universities. They carry out their research along with teaching and training scientists or dentists or doctors or professionals in the health care sector.
Subject Requirements: Subjects related to biology, medicine, chemistry, physical and behavioural sciences, etc
Educational Qualification: A doctoral degree in a relevant field
Experience: Many years of study
Good observational skills
Able to integrate data from a number of sources
Able to work meticulously
Good written and oral communication skills
Open to new ideas and theories
Attention to detail
Good written and oral communication skills
Enjoys analysing data and synthesising information
Fascinated by the human, animal or plant structure
Tests sources and hypotheses rigorously
In order to become an anatomist, one must have completed their graduation in the following order:-
Passed 10+2 → Bachelor’s → Master’s → Doctoral Degree.
It is always helpful to get experience at either a research centre or an educational institute.
Ensure to get a teaching or research position at a well-known medical school or university.
An Anatomist during her/ his research can take up a number of roles. Some of the roles are mentioned below.
Medical Scientist: A medical scientist organises studies to analyse or investigate different human diseases, their development processes for medical application and analysis of medical samples.
Veterinarian: A veterinarian examines animals to diagnose their problems and then treats them. They perform surgery on animals that need attention, prescribe medication, administer vaccinations and maintain a healthy relationship with their owners.
Chiropractor: A Chiropractor deals with treating patients that suffer problems pertaining to their musculoskeletal system (containing muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments).
Epidemiologist: An epidemiologist studies outbreaks of diseases, its cause, means of communication for the prevention of future outbreaks.
Athletic Trainer: An athletic trainer analyses the medical conditions of athletes and provides them with emergency attention when needed.
The work description of an Anatomist includes studying and researching out the structure of living beings.
They are biological scientists who focus on areas such as neuroscience, microscopy, endocrinology, genetics, histology, physical anthropology, forensics, etc.
Some anatomists are specialised in the study of plant anatomy and their forms.
These kinds of botanists deal with studying the internal structure of plant development.
Some anatomists specialise in animal anatomy.
They are usually veterinarians or zoologists or physicians who focus on studying the anatomical structure of animals, including human beings, and the development of different parts of their body.
Anatomists are generally employed in the health care sector while working on their research work.
They may work in college laboratories or medical centres or universities.
Many anatomists carry out their research while teaching.
Some of them train scientists or doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists or other health care professionals.
Some of the anatomists work in government agencies or scientific publishing firms.
There is also job scope for anatomists in private companies that manufacture artificial limbs or organs.
The salary of an anatomist varies highly from country to country.
An anatomist can earn up to INR 39 LPA in the US.
In India, the minimum salary can range from INR 20,000 - INR 25,000 per month.
There are many hospitals that charge a visiting anatomist by the hour.
Since an anatomist is also employed in other job roles, the salary may differ highly.
Here are some of the top anatomy preparation books for beginners that aspirants can refer to.
The Atlas of Human Anatomy
Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies
Anatomy: A Photographic Atlas
Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn
The Language of Medicine by Davi Ellen
The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter
Netter’s Concise Orthopaedic Anatomy by Jon C. Thompson MD