Science Careers & Jobs in Science
SCIENCE CAREERS AND JOBS
If you are interested in science there is a whole new world of opportunity waiting out there for you. Scientists use observation, experimentation and research to make discoveries, develop new products and solve problems related to almost every aspect of our lives.
Scientists need to have an enquiring mind and a methodical and thorough approach to their work. Communication skills are also important as you will need to be able to share information with colleagues and customers.
There are careers in science in many different areas including research and development, scientific analysis, education, finance and the media. Careers are mainly at technician and professional levels, and most people entering into a science career will specialise in a particular field.
Their work covers a wide range of areas, including:
health and medicine - researching the causes of diseases and developing new drugs;
earth sciences and the environment - studying the Earth, oceans and climate;
the food and drink industry - researching and developing new products;
materials science - studying the properties of materials such as metals, polymers and ceramics;
mathematics - solving problems and analysing data in a wide range of areas such as engineering, electronics, finance, medicine, meteorology and science ;
statistics - gathering data and analysing it to identify and interpret trends;
education - teaching in schools or lecturing in universities.
Working environments will vary, many scientists work in laboratories, while others will do most of their work in the field. Some scientists work with potentially hazardous substances. Others, for example those developing government policies or working with the media will work in an office.
Potential employers are wide ranging and include universities, schools, manufacturing and engineering companies, hospitals and government departments as well as research organisations. Many of these are large multinationals employing thousands of staff, while others are small to medium-sized businesses.
The demand for scientifically literate staff is currently high and forecast to increase further. Environmental concerns are just one of the reasons for this growth. This demand means that you may be able to use your scientific training to move overseas.