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Scientific work

The scientific sector offers a range of career options in and out of the lab for biologists, chemists, physicists and materials scientists from across all scientific disciplines. Applying what you know about your subject to your role is an important part of scientific work.

  • Scientific research and development extends what is known about a topic or product and includes academic research, industrial research and product development.
  • Scientific information is sharing what is known about science to different audiences. It includes patents, medical communications (in the pharmaceutical industry), science journalism and publishing and education.
  • Scientific services are about practical problem solving in a scientific setting and include scientific consultancy, clinical trials and healthcare scientists.
  • Healthcare science roles are where you apply your scientific skills to clinical diagnoses and treatment. These roles are available in around 50 discipline areas across three primary streams: life sciences, physiological sciences and physical sciences. In the UK they work primarily in the NHS.

Getting in and getting experience

Find out about options for work experience below:

More about the science sector

Scientific work Graduate JobSearch

General science job searches

Chemistry job searches

Earth sciences job searches

(also see Energy and Environment links)

Life sciences job searches

Materials science job searches

Physics job searches

Options with your science degree

Not sure what you can do with your scienfic degree? check out:

Prospects options with your subject