Career essentials: Biological sciences

The Bioscience industry is currently entering an exciting and expansionary phase with job opportunities in numerous areas of Science. The key areas of development and employment include the Pharmaceutical industry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Contract Research, Food Industry, Water Conservation, Gene Therapy, Global Warming and the Chemical Industry to name but a few.

Entry to some of these areas of employment may require the selection of relevant module(s); you may also be asked for additional work experience, voluntary work or postgraduate qualifications.

Occupations needing a biological sciences degree

  • Biotechnologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Geneticist
  • Biomedical Scientist (MLSO)
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Material Technologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Quality Control Scientist
  • Toxicologist

Occupations where a biological sciences degree would be useful

  • Clinical Cytogeneticist
  • Occupational Hygienist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Medical Sales Rep
  • Scientist Product Developer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Water Quality Scientist
  • Marine Scientist

Graduate destinations

Here's what some some recent graduates were doing 6 months after finishing their course. . . 

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Nature Conservation
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Habitat Surveyor
  • Environmental Outreach Worker
  • Biochemist

Useful links

Job links

You will also find related vacancies in the Guardian on Thursdays, and the Independent and Telegraph on Mondays.

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