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How to Research Types of Work

Working in Science, Technology or Computing may be your ambition, but the question is ‘which jobs will offer the type of work  you want to do?’

Job titles are not always self-explanatory and can mean different things in different organisations. So, it is important to look beyond the title to the work that you will be doing. The job description should provide a good starting point, but you may need to ask some questions in order to find out what you will be required to do on a day to day basis.

This section shows a selection of the jobs that former students have taken. It provides links to some generic descriptions which should  help you to build a picture of what is involved. Below the Job Profiles there is a panel which gives access to information about developing your skills.

The job roles are listed under the subject headings below and the videos provide a variety of views on factors you might want to consider when choosing your career.

 If you already have a good understanding of the type of job you want and the skills you will need, you could go straight to How to Search for Employers.

 Biological Sciences Job Profiles – Follow the links for details

Clinical Biochemist

Prospects   

NHS

ACB

Clinical Microbiologist

NHS 

SGM


Clinical Trials Analyst

Prospects 



Consultant

Prospects



Field Trials Officer

Prospects



Food Technologist

Prospects

Food Standards Agency


Laboratory Technician

Prospects



Medical Sales Representative

Prospects



Microbiologist

Prospects

SGM

SFAM

Pharmacologist

Prospects

British Pharmacology Society


Patent Agent

Prospects

CIPA


Quality Assurance Officer

Prospects



Regulatory Affairs Officer

Prospects

Health Protection Agency

MHRA

Research Scientist - Life Sciences

Prospects

ABPI


Scientific Journalist

Prospects

ABSW


Teacher/Lecturer

Prospects

Prospects


Technical/Science/Medical Writer

Prospects

EMWA


Computer Science Job Profiles - Follow the links for details

Applications Programmer

Prospects

BCS Development


Data Analyst/Administrator

Prospects

BCS Service Provision


Games Designer/Developer

Prospects

BCS Development


IT Consultant

Prospects

BCS Business Change


IT Manager

Prospects

BCS Strategy & Planning


IT Security Specialist

BCS Service Provision



IT Support

Prospects

BCS Service Provision


IT Systems Analyst

Prospects

BCS Strategy & Planning


IT Tutor/Trainer

BCS



Multimedia Designer/Developer

Prospects

BCS Development


Network Specialist

Prospects

BCS Service Provision


Sales and Sales Support

Prospects

BCS Business Change


Software Tester

BCS Development



Systems/Software Engineer

Prospects

Prospects

BCS Service Provision

Teacher/Lecturer

Prospects

Prospects

BCS

Technical Author

Prospects



Mathematics Job Profiles – Follow the links for details or click to access advice videos

Actuary

Prospects

The Actuarial Profession

Royal Statistical Society

Accountant

Prospects

Maths Careers


Consultant

Prospects

Maths Careers


Engineer

Prospects

Maths Careers

Institute of Engineering & Technology

Financial Analyst

Prospects

Maths Careers


IT Security Specialist

BCS Service Provision



IT Systems Analyst

Prospects

BCS Strategy & Planning


IT Systems/Software Engineer

Prospects

Prospects

BCS Service Provision

Operational Researcher

Prospects

The OR Society


Research Scientist

Prospects

Maths Careers


Risk Analyst

Prospects

Maths Careers


Statistician

Prospects

Royal Statistical Society

Maths Careers

Teacher/Lecturer

Prospects

Maths Careers

Royal Statistical Society

Physics Job Profiles – Follow the links for details

Astronomer

Prospects   

Royal Astronomical Society

IOP

Consultant

Prospects



Engineer

Prospects

Institute of Engineering & Technology

IOP

Financial Analyst

Prospects



Geophysicist

Prospects

IOP


IT Systems/Software Engineer

Prospects

Prospects

BCS Service Provision

Medical Physicist

Prospects

NHS Careers

IOP

Metalurgist

Prospects

IOP


Meteorologist

Prospects

IOP


Oceanographer

Prospects

Oceanography Centre

IOP

Operational Researcher

Prospects

The OR Society


Research Scientist

Prospects

IOP


Teacher/Lecturer

Prospects

Prospects

IOP

 

Developing your Skills 

Job descriptions will normally list the skills required to perform the role, but how can you develop your skills?

HE STEM and the University of Reading have prepared some ideas which can be accessed by following this Skills link.  

 

Advice for choosing your Career 

Profile: Engineer and Entrepreneur 

Profile: Scientist working in Digital Media 

Profile: Information Security Specialist 

Profile: PhD Researcher moving into Finance 

Profile: Software Developer 

Profile: Space Satellite Systems Engineer 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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