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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Busy Environment

Anatomist/ Physiologist

Anatomists and physiologists study the anatomy and physiology of humans to understand human diseases and help to improve human health. Anatomy is the cornerstone of medical science and is a very wide scientific field. 

Anatomists can carry out studies in the fields of human biology, endocrinology, histology, physical anthropology, plants or the anatomy of animals. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC/NC(V)  Specific requirements of the educational institution 
  2. Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences 
  3. Three year’s workplace experience 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

NSC/NC(V) With Bachelor’s degree pass (entry requirements differ for each of the educational institutions)

Recommended subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Biology

Duration of study

6 + years


Anatomists and physiologist may be employed in the following places: 

  • Research organisations and laboratories
  • Universities and colleges
  • Medical and healthcare facilities
  • Rehabilitation medical centres
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Further Information

South African Council for Natural Science Practitioners:


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