Selecting a degree to study is a big decision for anyone to make, no matter how confident you are in your abilities, or how certain you are of what career path you want to follow. Choosing a degree in the sciences is a popular choice for many students, so let’s look in a little more detail at just what this might entail and what jobs it might lead to:
What types of science degrees are available?
The three most commonly known science degrees are of course, biology, chemistry and physics, however, these are very broad and traditional subjects such as those you may have studied at school, and there are many more specialised areas of the sciences that you can choose to study, such as: medicine, maths, natural sciences, veterinary sciences, psychology, human sciences and materials sciences, to name but a few.
What jobs can you apply for with a science degree?
Because the spectrum of science degrees is so broad, most of them can lead to a wide range of jobs and careers, and whichever science you choose to specialise in, you can opt to advance your career by becoming a research scientist in your specialist area.
A chemistry related degree can open doors for graduates in several industries, such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals and healthcare.
A biology related degree can help you develop a career in agriculture, biomedicine, environmental conservation, food and drink, genetics, horticulture and marine biology.
A degree related to physics can provide opportunities for a career in quite a range of employment sectors, such as aerospace and defence, automotive, computing, healthcare and telecommunications to name but a few.
What other careers can a science degree lead to?
Undertaking a science degree doesn’t necessarily mean that you are limited to becoming a scientist, there are many alternative career paths that you can embark on with your science degree. For example, you could try finding employment as a science journalist or even as a science teacher or lecturer. There is also a legal aspect of science careers, such as a patent attorney. The business and financial sectors also have many different openings for those with science degrees.
Some of these careers however, may require advanced qualifications or a post graduate science degree.
Should your degree be specialized or broad?
The answer to this question lies in your chosen or desired career path. If you are clear about what job you would like once you’ve completed your degree, then you can find one that will enable you to fulfil your goals, if you’re unclear about what career path you want to go down, then a broader science degree might be the best option.
To help you decide, it may be wise to look in more detail at the content of each degree and the modules that you would be required to complete.
Studying a degree in any one of the sciences is sure to set you on a good career path and offer you a wide variety of jobs in several different employment sectors, and there are vast opportunities to expand upon your knowledge base and skillset.