What is a Physiologist?

A Physiologist generally works in a field of medicine. They are not doctors but researchers. They work mostly in laboratories. They may work with some patients if they are testing a certain medicine or disease.

There are 4 main areas of physiology:

  • Human biological functions
  • Non-human animals
  • Plants
  • Cellular studies

What does a Physiologist do?

  • works in a laboratory
  • performs experiments and tests
  • analyses data
  • writes reports
  • works on specific projects / diseases / medicines etc
  • researches
  • compares data
  • liases with medical staff and other specialists
  • keeps up to date with information relevant to their field

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in science and biology?
  • interested in research?
  • inquisitive?
  • detail orientated?
  • patient?
  • thorough and systematic?
  • dedicated?

How do I become a Physiologist?

You will need to complete a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Physiology.

  • University of Pretoria
  • University of KZN
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of the Western Cape
  • Nelson Mandela Metrop0litan University
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Cape Town


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Chemical Pathologist or Biomedical Engineer

Is becoming a Physiologist the right career choice for me?