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Jobs in sciences and maths are often technical and require skills such as accuracy, good observation and attention to detail.Science jobs could be lab based but may also include field work. You may work alone but increasingly scientific developments come from team work. Scientific jobs can also be found in other job families such as health, engineering or the armed forces. You will be expected to study Sciences and Maths at A level, and have higher education qualifications for most of these jobs.

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► Chemistry Careers ► Earth and Environmental Sciences
► Pharmacology ► Food Sciences
► Biology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences ► Forensic Science
► Zoology and Botany ► Careers Using Maths
► Physics ► Economist
► Astronomy/ Space Science  


►Chemistry Careers


Chemistry is a branch of science which involves substances and elements, for example analysing the elements which make up a substance or combining elements to make a new product. Jobs using chemistry may include: development education, industry, manufacturing, medicine or research.

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Royal Society of Chemistry:


Pharmacologists work on developing new drugs and testing drugs for safety, this can include research on humans and animals. The work can take a great deal of time as there are many stages in the development of a new drug. Jobs may be in large pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, etc.

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British Pharmacological Society:

►Biology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Biology is the study of living things to understand how they work, behave and relate to one another. Biochemists study this on a cellular level investigating what happens within cells and how living things work. Biomedical Scientists study the way in which the human body responds to change, illness and medical treatment.

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Society of Biology:

The Physiological
Biochemical Society:
Institute of Science and

►Zoology and Botany

Zoologists study animals to gain an understanding of how they develop and reproduce and why some species become endangered. Botanist undertake similar work but with plants fungi and algae.

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Society of Biology:

Zoological Society of London:
Botanical Society of the British Isles:


Physics helps us make sense in the non-living world looking at the way things behave by creating theories and simulations. Physicists may deal with concepts such as gravity and motion or the development of new technologies. Careers may be in electronics, research, defence, medicine and the environment.

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Institute of Physics:
Institute of Science and Technology:

►Astronomy/ Space Science

Astronomers study the planets, stars and galaxies: they make observations and gather data to try to make sense of the universe. The data may be gathered by telescopes, satellites and observatories. They use formulae from mathematics, physics and chemistry to produce theories and explanations for their observations. Almost all the jobs are based in research in universities.

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Royal Astronomical Society:
British Astronomical Association:
The Science and Technology Facilities Council:

►Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences include careers such as:

Geography - the study of people, places and the environment in which they live including the way in which they interact.
Environment- the study of the world in which we live including developing ways to protect it from damage.
Meteorology- the study of and forecasting the weather.
Geology- the study of the structure evolution and composition of the earth, rocks and minerals.
Oceanography- the study of the oceans.

Jobs are available at all levels of qualification.

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Natural Environment Research Council:
Royal Geographical Society:
British Ecological Society:
Institute of Environmental Sciences:
Royal Meteorological Society:
The Geological Society:
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining:
National Oceanographic Centre:

►Food Sciences

Food scientists work in the food and drink industry in jobs relating to food safety, developing new processing systems and checking the quality of food contents. There are also roles in designing and maintaining the equipment used in the food industry.

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Institute of Food Science and Technology:
Improve Ltd- the Food and Drink Industry Sector Skills Council:

►Forensic Science

Forensic scientists deal with evidence gathered by the police or crime scene technicians. They analyse materials such as fibres, glass, paint, etc. They may also analyse biological samples such as blood, skin, or hair for DNA or other substances.

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Forensic Science Society:

►Careers Using Maths

Mathematics as a subject is useful for a huge range of careers including those related to finance, medicine, engineering, etc. Mathematics can be ‘pure’ dealing with theoretical ideas or ‘applied’ where it is used in a practical way in business and industry. Statistics is a branch of mathematics which is involved with collecting analysing and interpreting data.

For more information visit:
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications:
The Mathematical Association:
Royal Statistical Society:


An economist advises businesses and government by using information about economic performance such as statistical data. They may use information about trends to make forecasts about future growth. Jobs may be in banking, large industrial companies, international organisations, government departments and agencies.

For more information visit:
Society of Business Economists:
Government Economic Service:
Why Study Economics:

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Posted 10th November 2014
By Jade Blades
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