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If you are going to consider a new career or job in science the first thing to do is get a good understanding of what the sector involves.
Dramatic as it sounds, science and scientific study in the widest sense are fundamental to our existence and our evolution as a species.
The manmade world we inhabit has been entirely shaped by scientific discoveries and innovations; humans have been able to better understand and manipulate nature both to our advantage and to our detriment.
The scientific services are present in our everyday lives, although unfortunately, scientists cannot change our weather, but they can give fairly accurate forecasts.
The medicine we rely on is developed and tested by scientists, the oil, gas and water being pumped around our houses will, at some point, have been subjected to some form of treatment by scientists.
Science plays an important role in a number of already key industries, including, but certainly not limited to:
Our highly evolved agriculture industries are an example of how humans over time and using science have learned to exert a certain amount of control over nature in order to grow and produce goods.
Much of medicine is science and hospitals are one of the largest employers of scientists in the world. Scientists in healthcare work over numerous departments, alongside other healthcare professionals, to help diagnose and treat patients and research and develop drugs, cures and technologies.
Advanced science plays a vital role in the justice system thanks to developments in forensics, DNA and pathology. People can be protected and criminals can be caught and brought to justice much more easily than was possible not that long ago.
Scientists work across the whole manufacturing industry, from food and pharmaceuticals through clothes and cars to weapons of mass destruction. They are often involved throughout entire processes, from initial design to final testing.
Clearly the scientific industry is not an industry as such, but a key component to a number of other industries. This means scientific careers can be extraordinarily diverse.
For more in-depth information on the the different job paths within Scientific Services, please follow the below links:
There is a great demand for skilled young people with science qualifications in the UK at the moment. With a shortage of science graduates, there are many options available for those with the right skills.
Access to science education and training, and avenues into an array of scientific professions are readily available at all levels, from secondary education upwards, and in a number of formats, including apprenticeships, A-levels, vocational courses and degrees.
Most of the professions within the scientific services will require people who are educated to a degree-level, if not higher. However, with a big demand for skilled scientific professionals and an increase in the value apprenticeships, there could be more options available for those who do not go to university, but have the knowledge and skills that are required.