What can I do with a science degree?
Career options for science graduates: jobs you can do with a degree in chemistry, physics, biology, biotechnology, environmental science, microbiology etc.
If you are graduating with a degree in science, it's likely that you will be looking at going into a particular career that uses your specialist knowledge. This depends very much on your specific discipline. Careers for science graduates Some of the industries/sectors employing science graduates are:
manufacturing (including cosmetics, computers, electronics, medical equipment)
research & development
Employability skills gained from a science degree
Your degree subject does not necessarily limit your options. It’s been estimated that 40 per cent of graduate vacancies do not ask for specific degree subjects. And if you do not want to pursue a science career, your degree will have helped you develop a range of transferable skills that you can bring to jobs unrelated to your subject. These include:
analytical, data collection and problem-solving skills
communication and presentation skills, eg the ability to reason clearly and to communicate complex ideas, develop and write research proposals
computational and data-processing skills
data analysis using a range of appropriate statistical methods and packages
identify and predict trends and patterns
interpret and evaluate events, information, and ideas
problem solving skills
teamwork, eg by working on projects in a group
technical skills, eg use instruments and identify and classify materials
time-management and organisational skills.
Alternative careers for science graduates Working in a lab is not for everybody. Other areas where your degree could be useful include:
banking and finance
sales and marketing