It’s weird, science…
Whether you’re brilliant at biology, considering a career in chemistry or passionate about physics, finding a job that’s fuelled by your love of science could be your key to career happiness. The problem is, knowing which career path is right for you can sometimes be a challenge.
To help you separate the protons from the electrons (and other, terrible science-based jokes), here are six careers which would be perfect for science lovers. Safety goggles on standby…
Becoming an Aerospace Engineer isn’t exactly rocket science. But it’s not far off.
What they actually do is design, build and test a range of different aircraft. Typical duties could cover everything from working on large commercial jets, through to maintaining military planes and weapon systems.
And it isn’t just confined to our own atmosphere. Aerospace Engineers are needed for a number of different projects outside of earth’s airspace, including building and maintaining spacecraft, launching satellites and other out-of-this-world engineering assignments.
Not only is it a perfect position for anyone with a natural aptitude for science, it can also be pretty well paid for those who build up enough experience in the field.
And let’s face it, you basically win the ‘what do you do for a living?’ conversation for life. Take that, Accountants.
Will I need a degree? Yes, although not necessarily in Aeronautics.
Perfect for: People who want to reach the final frontier.
Avoid if: You’re not a big fan of flying.
If aerospace isn’t really you’re thing, there are plenty of science-based jobs out there which allow you to keep your feet firmly on the ground.
Biomedical Scientists, for example, use their scientific background to help improve people’s health and wellbeing. By analysing a range of different tissue samples and fluids, they’re able to effectively diagnose and prevent diseases.
Aside from the obvious job satisfaction that comes with helping fight some of mankind’s major ailments, such as cancer, diabetes, AIDS and malaria, Biomedical Scientists also get to be at the forefront of scientific discovery when it comes to testing and computerised data.
It may not always be the most glamorous of roles (unless you’re a particular fan of urine samples), but it’s one with the potential to make a difference to millions of lives worldwide.
You also get to wear a lab coat. You know, if you like that kind of thing.
Will I need a degree? Yes.
Perfect for: People who want to work in healthcare.
Avoid if: You feel faint at the first site of blood.
It’s often said that a criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. So too, do Forensic Scientists. Although, in fairness, it is their job.
Using a range of different scientific techniques, Forensic Scientists help gather and analyse evidence at a crime scene. Specific duties will vary from case to case, but could include practices such as blood grouping, DNA profiling, examining splash patterns and toxicology testing.
It’s worth reiterating that this job certainly isn’t for the feint-hearted. Aside from the obvious gory details you’ll have to deal with on a daily basis (and/or more bodily fluids), you may even be called upon in court to give evidence. However, all the hard work is certainly worth it when it comes to conclusion of a successful case.
At the very least, your ham salad sandwich will be infinitely safer in the communal fridge.
Will I need a degree? You will generally need a degree in forensic science, although other science-based subjects may be accepted.
Perfect for: People who want to help fight crime.
Avoid if: You feel queasy watching CSI.
Looking for something which requires a little less blood, sweat and tears? You should become a Geologist…
Whether you’re interested in studying the causes and effects of natural disasters, helping educate the masses on climate change, or learning more about the diverse life forms that have inhabited our planet, Geology the perfect career choice for anyone interested by biology. Also, possibly rocks.
In a nutshell, a Geologist looks at the materials that makeup the earth and how they’ve changed over time. Although some of their work is conducted in a lab, the job also involves a large amount of field work – something which especially fits with those who like a change of scenery.
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about landslides, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and other vaguely-terrifying natural phenomenons, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and find out more about Geology today.
Will I need a degree? Yes.
Perfect for: People who have an apatite for a biology-based profession.
Avoid if: You don’t have the minerals for a challenge….or puns (there will be lots of puns)
Not all scientific jobs require extensive experience or qualifications to get started.
Lab Technicians, for example, help other scientists carry out their research by assisting with their experiments and investigations.
Although they may not be conducting the headline pieces of testing themselves, the work they do is no less vital in ensuring a successful outcome.
What’s more, after building up a suitable level of laboratory experience (and/or a natural tolerance to sterilising fluid), Lab Technicians are often presented with excellent opportunities for progression, and could move on to more senior positions (e.g. Lab Manger/Supervisor), or specialise in other areas, such as cardiography or phlebotomy.
Will I need a degree? No.
Perfect for: People who want an entry-level science job.
Avoid if: You don’t like working with other people. Ever.
If you’re looking for all the fun of radiation with none of the risks, you should consider radiography. Also, possibly some kind of lead-lining.
Radiographers specialise is two main areas: diagnosing problems using medical imaging, or using it to assist with therapy.
And aside from simply capturing the images, many Radiographers also assist with the actual image interpretation and analysis. They may also operate across a wide range of different mediums outside of the traditional X-ray, including CT, MRI, Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound. Which, at the very least, have the potential to make your occupational anecdotes infinitely more interesting.
Think Radiography might be the right career for you? You’re so transparent…
Will I need a degree? Yes. You will also need to decide whether you want to specialise in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography.
Perfect for: People who are interested in anatomy.
Avoid if: You can’t even take a good selfie without looking blurry.
Honourable mentions: Chemist, Life Scientist, Marine Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Physics Teacher.
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