A good number of students commit to scientific careers, in areas as diverse as agriculture, animal health consumer goods, conservation, epidemiology, food and informatics.
However, many decide to look at jobs outside of science and enter a diverse range of roles ranging from law, finance, public relations, teaching and charity work. Biologists are found to be working in a variety of industries and sectors. In order to pursue some careers you may have to undertake further study and develop specialist skills and knowledge.
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A wide range of postgraduate degree programmes have been undertaken by recent students such as
PhDs undertaken included:
Graduate destinations such as those noted above do not necessarily provide a complete picture of what students go on to do with their lives and careers.
LinkedIn can be very useful to track how careers have developed over time. You can also find out where former students work, what they do and how they got there. This information can be useful toyou when making decisions about your career, networking and taking the important next step after graduation.
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In addition to your subject knowledge, your biology degree and extracurricular activity equips you with key skills sought by employers in all sectors and industries.
Here are just a few of the skills you will develop on your course:
There are many places to look for information and listed below are some that we think you might find useful. It is not exhaustive and no doubt your own research will lead you to other websites.
Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry - lists UK companies Association of British Science Writers - get the basics of writing The Society of Biology - Careers using biology BBSRC - Funds research BIAZA – information and careers on Zoos and Aquariums British Ecological Society - becoming an ecologist: first years to postgraduates Countryside Jobs Service - includes Careers Information on Roles within the sector Environmental Jobs - jobs and internships worldwide
Environmental Science - for job descriptions within the sectorFurther study options and websitesMedical Research Council - improving human health through researchNERC - funding research and training in environmental scienceScience Careers beyond the Lab - career options and links to websitesScience communication - incl. advice from a communications professionalSociety of General Microbiology - Microbiologists work in a range of sectors
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