I think it is due to the fact I am a bit of an explorer that science was one of my favorite subjects in school; I loved learning how the things around us work, carrying out experiments, playing with Bunsen burners and petri dishes, dissecting pig’s brains, frogs, rats and parts other creatures. I particularly enjoyed physics, learning about how energy is produced and converted, etc.
My daughter is a great science fan too. I regularly take her to the London science museum where she spends hours pressing buttons and playing with the exhibits, she says when she grows up she wants to be a vet, brain surgeon or scientist and that got me wondering.
So the question is besides a career in medicine, teaching the subject of science or working in a lab doing tests on stuff (which, unless you are really nerdy probably gets boring after a while) what sort of jobs can a scientist do? Should my daughter pursue a career in science? I decided to look into science careers a bit so I went to Kinetic, a website which lists science jobs they say that they are “ideally placed to match you to your perfect role”. Below are a few jobs I found on the site, if you enjoy science and would like to pursue a career in it, you might want to have a look at them too.
Sales The first type of job that often but not always requires a science degree is sales, sales especially pharmaceutical sales is usually a good paying career too but it is hard work, requires good people skills, travelling and hitting targets this can make it very high pressure. You can get sales jobs in any field without qualifications too so it is in my opinion not worth pursuing a science degree to become a sales person.
Analyst Chemical or Biota biological analyst tests and analyses biological samples such as urine, testing for illnesses, drug abuse, etc. they also maintain records and the lab in which they are working. A degree in chemistry is usually helpful but not always required to attain this kind of role.
Chemist Here in the U.K most people think that a chemist is someone who works in a chemist shop and that their role is dispensing drugs and advising on minor ailments, that is actually the role of a pharmacist. A chemist usually works for commercial an organization, the chemist’s role is usually to monitor and advise their employer on chemical manufacturing processes, environmental effects and such.
Above are probably the most popular commercial applications for a scientist or someone with scientific qualification, there are of course of slightly less commercial roles such as geologist or physicist. A geologist would probably find work for a mining and exploration company, I imagine this kind of role would involve a lot of travelling and the analyzing of soil and rock samples looking for gold, silver, oil or diamonds and other minerals. Post supplied by Mark Stubbles.