How to become a medical illustrator
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
To get into any of the branches of medical illustration you'll need a degree in a relevant subject like:
- graphic design
- art and design
- film or video production
You can apply for a trainee position as a medical illustrator in a healthcare setting once you finish your degree.
As a trainee you could gain a postgraduate qualification in specialisms like:
- clinical photography
- graphic design for healthcare
- medical art
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You can apply to do a postgraduate qualification if you're already working in healthcare and you have a relevant degree.
Medical illustration is a small and specialised field, and there's a lot of competition for vacancies. You'll improve your job prospects if you also have relevant work experience.
Contact your local university hospital or NHS trust's medical photography department to arrange a visit or some work shadowing.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Academy for Healthcare Science or Institute of Medical Illustrators for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You'll find more advice on careers and training in medical illustration through the Institute of Medical Illustrators and Health Careers.