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The Science & Mathematics industry covers a huge range of roles. The opportunities to specialise and progress into different roles in this industry are endless, although you will need a high-level of academia to go far in this industry. You will also need to be determined and have excellent time management skills, so you can continue to study while working at the same time.

If you’ve found the ideal Science & Mathematics for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work…

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To work in the Science & Mathematics industry you will need to at least have 3 A*-C or 9-4 A-Levels, preferably relating to the industry. Most apprenticeships in this industry start at Level 4 or higher because of the technical aspects of the roles available. You will need to continue your learning at least into a Level 6 Apprenticeship in most cases.


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Required Skills & Qualifications

You will need at least 3 A-Level Grades A*- C or 9 - 4 to start most Science & Mathematics apprenticeships. Because of the level of technical knowledge, you will need to acquire it’s important you make sure you are really committed to doing a longer-term and potentially difficult apprenticeship.

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Research Scientist

Myth busting

Research Scientists can cover a huge range of specialisms making it a really exciting field to enter in to. It’s a more logically minded career choice to choose from, so it’s essential you feel confident that you have the ability to take on some very comprehensive and complicated knowledge. You can work across the fields of maths, biology and chemistry. You are able to research, conduct and analyse the results of experiments which could lead to a positive scientific breakthrough. You can start off your career through apprenticeships and work your way up to a BSc without having to pay for your degree, but you will have to pay to complete your doctorate should you wish to complete your full training. If not, there are other career options available.

Salary Research Scientists at the top of their game can earn as much as £80k p/a
Progression Job Role Progression (varies depending on specialism): • Science/Lab Technician • Chemist • Research Chemist • Lead Scientist • Research Leader/Research Scientist

Finer Details

If you’re not interested in a desk-based role this could be ideal for you. Most scientists work in hospitals, universities or laboratories where they can continually improve research and grow their development, this is a job where you’ll never stop learning.

Different Opportunities
- Biotechnology
- Cancer Studies, Medical Science and Pharmacology
- Plant Sciences
- Stem cell research

The good points...

Scientists are usually in short demand so there’s plenty of jobs to go around with secure fixed-term contracts. Additionally, having a breakthrough in your field is very rewarding.

... and the bad

You may be working with toxic and dangerous substances and may work for most, if not all of your career with no breakthrough.


Chemical Engineer

Myth busting

Chemical Engineers, also known as process engineers research and develop new products, such as synthetic materials and biofuels. You may also create manufacturing processes to turn raw materials into medicines, fertilisers, toiletries and cleaning products. This can range across a wide range of industries from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to oil and gas, energy and water and more. Every job is different, particularly in the science industry where there are often very specific aims in mind for the end result, but it’s likely you will work in an office, lab and processing plant and will specialise in a sector you feel passionately about.

Salary Chemical Engineers at the top of their game can earn as much as £60kp/a
Progression Job Role Progression for a Chemist (varies depending on specialism): • Entry-Level Chemical Engineer (BSc) • Chemical Engineer (PhD) • Design Engineer/Senior Processor • Research and Development Manager • Plant Manager

Finer Details

Some chemical engineers are able to work standard 9am – 5pm office hours, while often those that go into manufacturing and processes will work a 7-day shift pattern across evenings, nights and even starting in the early hours of the morning.

Different Opportunities
- Progress in your career into Operations Manager roles.
- Take your experience and move into consultancy work.

The good points...

If you keep climbing up the career ladder it is an industry that can earn you a pretty good salary.

... and the bad

You may end up working unsociable hours, so you must be passionate about the role.


Lab Technician

Myth busting

Lab Technician roles are considered to be entry-level jobs in the science industries so can be a great way to advance your career. Some people enjoy the broad range of work you can do as a lab technician, so choose to stay in this role and work across different sectors to keep upskilling themselves instead. Lab technicians play an important role in the advancement of medicine and science as their jobs focus on scientific investigation and analysis. You can work in an array of jobs that are more clinical or choose to zone in on research and development. Often you will work independently in this role and each job will be different depending on the employer and project type. Due to the nature of this work having an analytical, research-oriented and accurate mindset is absolutely essential.

Salary Lab Technicians at the top of their game can earn as much as £30k p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Science/Lab Technician
• Research Chemist
• Lead Scientist
• Research Leader/Research Scientist

Finer Details

Most Lab Technicians work 37 hours a week on average, but this may be broken down into shifts and you may be on-call, especially towards the end of larger projects.

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Preparing patients/specimens for analysis and observation.
- Collecting and isolating ‘samples’ from patients or larger specimens.
- Conducting laboratory tests and collecting results.
- Analysing data and presenting advanced analytical findings to senior members of staff.
- Following safety procedures to avoid contaminating specimens.

The good points...

You will be contributing to valuable research and able to grow in your career with the right training and support if you wish.

... and the bad

You will need to at least have a BSc in order to be a Lab Technician - but you can now get the equivalent of these through apprenticeships.



Myth busting

Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret data. They can work in a range of sectors including but not limited to education, environmental studies, finance, market research, sports and for the government as well. As a statistician you will manage the entire data collection process, from designing the experiments and collecting the data, to analysing the results. You will often work in a team alongside other professionals with different job roles. Good analytical and IT skills are essential to work be a statistician.

Salary Statisticians at the top of their game can earn as much as £60k p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Statistical Officer • Assistant Statistician • Statistician • Senior Statistician

Finer Details

Most Statisticians work 37 hours a week on average, but this may increase especially towards the end of larger projects. Your hours usually consist of the normal 9 - 5 business hours. You may find yourself travelling for your work to go and collect data and this role is great for someone who is logically minded, but who has excellent communication skills as well.

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Attending meetings with clients to discuss the parameters for the data gathering project.
- Designing the experiment/survey required to gather the correct data.
- Collecting and analysing the data and making suggestions and recommendations based on the results.
- Presenting the findings either in a written paper format or in a meeting.

The good points...

You may contribute to valuable research and also have the chance to travel. Your job role will be diverse and enable you to meet lots of new people and use many different skills.

... and the bad

Typically most employers look to hire someone with a statistics-related school subject, for example maths, economics, physics, geography or statistics. It may be harder to find a statistician's role without these qualifications.