As the area of science is a vast one, jobs in science is an equally daunting sector and can have you looking endlessly through countless jobs searches for that role you’re looking to prove yourself in. The best way to approach such a dilemma is narrow down one are at a time and take a look into what it takes to get into that field, as well as what some of the jobs within that sector entail.
One of the most popular job sectors in science jobs is pharmaceuticals. There are at least a couple of ways to get into a job in pharmaceuticals, both of which require at least a degree in a science-based subject.
If you want to go down the biology route, this will see your role take on an exciting edge in discovering new medicines. Companies will look to focus upon a certain disease and concentrate all their efforts upon finding solutions in treating it or even curing it; you would work as part of a ‘discovery team’ in order to accomplish this where the target is to find and pinpoint specific areas of the body that react to the medication.
Such a role could lead into clinical research jobs where you could lead clinical trials and would be responsible for planning, carrying out and completing such trials. If you are interested in such an area, you could take a look at Cititec Clinical Research Jobs.
Those currently studying a chemistry degree will find a slightly different role once out in the ‘real world’. Working as a chemist, you would assist with biologists in creating new treatments, but your job would be to create rather than discover new medicines.
Such titles for chemistry pharmacists include: development chemists, analytical chemists and physical chemists.
Whilst studying in either field, ensure that you get some experience behind you, as recruiters will no doubt look to see if you have at least some first-hand knowledge about the field or industry you are looking to get into. Roles you should be able to apply for as an intern or volunteer include lab assistant, shadowing another member or getting industrial experience. Your university should be able help you get a placement somewhere as most have industry links, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be pro-active; get out there and talk to people in the areas you’re interested in, send out plenty of emails and get ringing some prospective employers for placements.
It is purely down to you whether to go into a job straight away after finishing your degree or carry on with your studies by getting a masters and/or a PhD. There are plenty of jobs for those straight out of a degree, but to get as far as possible in the industry a higher qualification is usually required.
About the author: Sam Bisby writes for Cititec who offer recruitment in an array of IT and pharmaceutical based jobs, including clinical research jobs and Cititec.com PHP Roles.