Geneticists can work in research and patient facing roles in areas such as bioinformatics,’ nursing, genomic counselling, genetic medicine, cancer genetics amongst others.
While a good number of students commit to scientific careers, some inevitably choose to work in sectors and professions unrelated to genetics such as marketing, public relations, finance, law and so on. In order to pursue some careers you may have to undertake further study and develop specialist skills and knowledge.
What further study options have graduates gone on to?
From the destination returns of our students we find that most undergraduates progress onto specialised masters’ degrees and secure employment in a health or research related roles in organisations such as the NHS, companies such as Fusion Antibodies, 2 Sisters Food Group, The Royal Navy, GovNet Communications, PRA Health Sciences or progress onto a PhD.
What else could I do?
You have many options available to you and it is in your interest to investigate the employment sectors (e.g. healthcare, pharmaceutical, food, finance), organisations and roles offered and apply to those opportunities that appeal to you. The areas highlighted below are some of the career paths you might want to investigate further as they are most closely linked to your area of study. However this list is not exhaustive.
Public health is closely related to your course of study and if this area interests you then do look at the areas of health protection, and health improvement and you could find yourself working for the NHS, the Government, local government, the Armed Forces or the charity sector.
NHS Public Health Careers
Medical sales representatives or ‘reps’ are a key link between medical and pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals. They typically sell medicines, prescription drugs and medical equipment to GPs, hospital doctors, pharmacists and nurses, working to raise awareness and use of their company’s products.
Prospects - medical sales rep
Do you like communicating? Enjoy writing?
Then have you thought of science communication and science writing?
Science writers research, write and edit scientific news, articles and features in a range of different formats, including:
- business, trade and professional publications
- specialist scientific and technical journals
- general media
- promotional brochures, press releases, websites, podcasts and blogs
More about science communication - incl. advice from a communications professional
Association of British Science Writers
Science communicators do much of the above but they may also organise exhibitions, produce film and digital content and present science education to the public.
You may want to consider a specialist masters course in science communication such as those offered at the following universities Imperial College, Sheffield, West of England, Manchester Metropolitan, and Edinburgh.
The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) describes medical writing as ‘communicating clinical and scientific data and information to a range of audiences in a wide variety of different formats.
Medical writers combine their knowledge of science and their research skills with an understanding of how to present information and pitch it at the right level for the intended audience.
European Medical Writers Association
The pharmaceutical sector
We tend to think of pharmaceutical companies as huge global corporate, and they do account for the majority of UK Pharma employment.
But a growing number of small to medium sized enterprises are becoming involved in drug development too.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has developed a comprehensive list of pharmaceutical companies, their contact details and some of the areas they regularly recruit into. It is searchable by location, category, employment area and type of role e.g. internship, graduate training programme etc.
Find out about the jobs in the sector
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry