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Career as Anatomist

Career as a Anatomist

About Anatomist

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.

Eligibility to become Anatomist

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

Key Skills:

Good observational skills

Able to integrate data from a number of sources

Inquiring mind

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

Develops models

How to Become an Anatomist?

  • 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.

Types of Job Roles Anatomist

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.

Employment Sector/Industry for Anatomist

  • 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. 

Where Do Anatomists Work?

  • 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. 

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Pay Scale/Salary of Anatomist

  • 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.

Books & Study Material to Become Anatomist

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

  • Gray’s Anatomy

  • 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

Pros of becoming a Anatomist

  • Anatomists are paid very well both in India and abroad.
  • The job of the anatomists involves conducting research, and attending conferences across the world. They get to travel a lot which is one of the added perks.

Cons of becoming a Anatomist

  • Anatomists spend a lot of time conducting research and in laboratories due to which their working hours are more than expected.
  • The work life balance can suffer as Anatomists travel a lot.

Paths for Being Anatomist

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