Embryologists are medical scientists who are responsible for studying embryos [from the beginning of conception] in a variety of environments, including fertility clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and commercial industries. They generally work in indoor settings during traditional weekly business hours.
The position of an embryologist requires a great deal of formal education; a bachelor’s degree in embryology, biology, or a related field is required for many positions, and most require a master’s or doctorate degree. Ongoing education and additional training are almost always required, as there are constant developments and evolutions within the field.
Embryologists have a variety of responsibilities and duties which revolve around clinical research of embryos, including: assisting physicians within the clinical field; assisting patients regarding reproductive health problems or embryonic abnormalities; retrieving eggs from patients; conducting diagnostic tests on eggs and embryos; providing assistance with in-vitro fertilization; conducting experiments regarding genetics and the functions of embryos; maintaining confidential records; maintaining viability of embryos during processing; micro-manipulation of embryos; maintenance of all equipment, and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of reproductive biology and fertility.
Treat infertility issues using assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Collect, process, and preserve reproductive gametes from patients.
Perform various embryological medical procedures, including IVF and fertility analysis.
Counsel and advise patients on fertility and ART procedures.