Careers Science degrees can lead to

career in science

By Pamela Head,

The options of science-related careers is generally quite broad. The degrees themselves are vocational, giving you a set of skills you can use in your job, as is the case with Biologists, Chemists and computer technicians. Science students may need to improve their spoken and written communication due to the lack of essay writing involved in the subject, but you should have excellent problem-solving and analysis skills.

With a science degree, you gain the ability to communicate with others in a clear and articulate manner, present ideas and arguments verbally in presentations and seminars, and work with others in the preparation and presentation of group work. You’ll likely be able to identify and propose solutions to problems, work independently, use computing skills to store, retrieve and produce material, and gather and analyse relevant information from a wide variety of sources and use mathematical skills.

Jobs using these skills include computing, which requires very similar logical thinking skills to those required in science, and careers in finance, specifically banking, accountancy and insurance. With accounting, there are a wide range of training schemes available regardless of degree, but the skill-sets you will have gained from studying a science subject will make you vastly suited to a position like this.

The National Higher Education STEM Programme said it wants to employ science graduates because of their "analytical, problem-solving, numeracy and intellectual-rigour skills".

Charlie Ball, deputy director of research at the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, in an interview with the Guardian, said: "There are industries that are doing well, such as oil and gas, which have bucked the recession, especially in exploration, which needs engineers, geologists and geophysicists. They not only need to get the oil out of the ground and keep rigs going but they are constantly looking for new reserves. You must be willing to travel. Science graduates have to be more flexible and if they are the awards can be great."

Science degrees and those who study science are the cornerstone of our society, creating new medicines, managing our banking system, accounts and computers as we progress more and more in terms of technology. A science-related degree will enable you to study something that will help you develop the specific skills and knowledge required for your career path. Just don’t forget to take part in other activities while at university as well, to build up the key skills gained by studying a subject that requires a lot of communication and writing too, to make you a well-rounded individual and hugely employable to boot!