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Your Career In Science and IT


Where are the science jobs?

For those of you looking to start in a laboratory-based environment, options include: biochemist, development chemist, food scientist, forensic scientist, geologist, pharmacologist, physicist, and many more. Outside of the lab environment, recruiters are also looking for science graduates from every background to fill a huge range of other occupations including product and process development, research and development and manufacturing.

In addition, expect to see more opportunities emerging in topical subjects such as reducing carbon dioxide emissions, finding more effective drugs, and developing healthier foods.

The UK government has already highlighted a number of key industries that will play an important role in the countryís economic future. All rely on Science and IT graduates to survive. They are: the chemical sector, biotechnology, food and drink industry and the pharmaceutical sector. Together they employ nearly one million people and generate annual revenues of over £100 billion.  

As well as the websites of specific employers, the Prospects website (www.prospects.ac.uk)  Hobsons (www.get.hobsons.co.uk/) and Eurograduate (www.eurograduate.com) have useful sections which will give you loads of information about working in different industries and sectors.

Where are the IT jobs?

Over 500,000 people work in companies in the UK whose primary function and business is IT Ė thatís about 2% of the whole countryís employment.

What will you earn?

The latest issue of Prospects Directory reveals that the average starting salary offered to graduates is £24,048 and the median salary is £23,500. Overall, salaries range from £14,732 to £39,000.

What employers want from you

These days, your academic excellence is almost taken for granted by potential employers. More and more they are looking for hard skills such as writing, literacy and leadership and soft skills such as the ability to communicate effectively.

Postgrad: Is it worth it?

Becoming a postgrad just to delay your career decision-making isnít sensible, warns Target. Decide on your career goals first and then look at the programmes available.

Funding

Funding is always an issue when it comes to postgraduate studies, so check first whether the course you are interested in or the department you are applying to has its own awards.

Compelling for employers

Your science or IT degree will instantly show employers the sort of academic skills you have attained and, compared with most other graduates, help you to attract a better salary too.