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What is a career with illustration and biology

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Craig’s Answer

Hello,

Your question certainly sparks intrigue, and I'm thrilled to answer it, not because I'm an illustrator or a biologist, but because the illustrations I encountered during my studies truly captivated me. We live in a fast-paced world where training is increasingly complemented by AI technology, enabling people to work and learn remotely through AI-simulated, yet secure experiences. Here are a few proactive steps for you to consider.

Firstly, try to connect with an illustrator in any technical field, though if you manage to find one specializing in biological illustrations within the medical field, that would be fantastic. A good starting point would be the faculties teaching medicine and veterinary sciences at top-tier colleges. They could provide invaluable insights into the role you're interested in.

Next, seek out an illustrator with a minimum of five years' experience. Arrange a meeting to showcase your drawing portfolio, allowing them to appreciate your skills and provide useful guidance.

Best wishes as you embark on this exciting journey.

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Craig
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Michelle’s Answer

Science illustration is such a wonderfully unique career and there are many possibilities for your work.

You can work in visual media, publishing, medical journals and other possible areas of work. I would advise reading about this specific career at the website Vivid Biology to get a clear idea of being a science illustrator. I have provided a link for the website below. I would also advise joining the member hub at the Association of Medical Illustrators at the website I have left for you below. They offer networking, member resources and and news about the profession. These references will give you a clear understanding of what a career in this field can look like.

Some of the prospective types of projects that you can illustrate for are consultations, freelance illustrator, children's book illustration, scientific software developer, working as a review officer, and developing scientific games. You will learn much more about what jobs there are while you are in college. I have left a link to a list of schools that offer a degree in Scientific Illustration. Go to the various colleges websites and discover their most current information. You can also read about the steps to take for this career at the Simplified Science Publishing website for which I have left a link for you below.

There are abundant resources at your fingertips on the internet for this career and only you can make the best decision for your education and career. I would advise starting to put together a portfolio of your illustrations now. It will be best to have both a hard copy portfolio book and one on a website. Consider creating a Linked In profile, too, so that you can upload or post your work and seek employment opportunities.

I hope that this is a helpful start for you and I wish you all the best moving forward !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

CAREERS IN SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION https://www.vividbiology.com/careers-in-science-illustration-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know
ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATORS https://www.ami.org/medical-illustration/enter-the-profession/careers
TOP SCHOOLS FOR SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION DEGREES https://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/top-schools-scientific-medical-biological-illustration-programs-2019-college-rankings
BECOME A SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR https://www.simplifiedsciencepublishing.com/resources/how-to-become-a-scientific-illustrator
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