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How do I blend visual art and writing skill with my biotechnology degree for a career?

Ever since I was a kid, I was constantly stuck between wanting to be an artist, a writer, or a scientist. There must be some way to have all these things in my life, but I'm not really sure since I want to be a microbiologist or parasitologist.

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Kristen’s Answer

I believe if you study micro biology you will cover parasitology. Studying Infectious Diseases will teach you both.

There are positions in the medical field that crossover with the art field-- someone has to mold and cast all the artificial body parts used in anatomical models for medical students, as well as any other non-biological item used. In dentistry, you could learn how to cast people's mouths/teeth and then shape the casting in order to create actual false teeth.

There are medical illustrators who draw the anatomical guidelines in medical books as well as medicine informational pamphlets and fliers seen at doctors offices and hospitals everywhere, and lets not forget anatomical poster art.

A fascinating field in my opinion is the designers who create artificial limbs-- not only will you get to be creative but you will work in a very important medicinal field and help people big time!

Good luck!

Kristen recommends the following next steps:

Research anatomy artists, medical illustration.
Research the field of Infectious Diseases.
Be prepared to study a major and a minor in college/university. If in high school, begin your artistic portfolio soon; start extracurricular activities, volunteering is of supreme importance for entrance to college/university.
Do more than what is expected of you in school and extracurricular activities NOW, it will pay off immensely when it's time to apply to schools.
Never give up.
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Shulin’s Answer

Hi Fathima,

Would you mind to take a look at this example? Click the link below.

In the scientific field, the reports, the papers' description are usually limited to in-field professional. Therefore, we need someone who is good at writing and have a great background knowledge of? a particular subject, so that they can rewrite them into attractive articles for out-field professional. An illustration is always very helpful for understanding the whole story.

There is a career as a Science Illustrator. It is often required by scientific magazines, textbook publishers, scientific journals.

Good luck.