Embryologists are scientists that study the development of embryos from the point of fertilization of the ovum to the fetus stage of life. Some embryologists conduct research on topics related to fertility and new techniques that will help people achieve fertility and they write papers on their findings for academic publications. More commonly however embryologists apply scientific principles to clinical work mainly by assisting physicians whose patients have reproductive health issues. In some cases clinical embryologists perform routine diagnostic services and embryological procedures such as retrieving and testing a patient’s eggs for the purpose of in vitro fertilization that would be performed at hospitals or clinics. After consulting with other medical personnel or counselors they may advise patients as to the possible treatment options for infertility that meet the guidelines of current regulations and legislation. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com embryologists usually have a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in reproductive science or clinical science. However many embryologists have a medical degree or Ph.D. with specialties in biochemistry molecular biology endocrinology or genetics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 20 job growth for embryologists in the next few years with excellent job prospects for those with M.S. or Ph. D. degrees. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine reports that the average annual salary for clinical embryologists is approximately $77000.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $77000
High Salary: $87000
Low Salary: $67000
Tasks: Investigates various types of infertility.
Determines fertility levels in patients.
Understands problems with human reproduction.
Implants embryos into females.
Also Called: Reproductive Scientist
Fertility Researcher
Clinical Embryo Scientist
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