Manufacturing has been a traditional destination for many science and engineering doctoral graduates. However, the largest decline in a destination of UK doctoral graduates from 2003-2005, from 17% to 14%, was experienced in this sector.
The most likely researchers to gain employment in this sector are physical science and engineering researchers (around 25% of the total employed), biological science researchers (over 20%) and biomedical scientists (around 10%).
The manufacturing sector includes pharmaceuticals, energy, food, consumer goods, high technology products, polymers, biotechnology, aerospace, automotive and marine industries. The sector typically offers research, technical, engineering and production roles, but opportunities in support functions and management may also be of interest to researchers.
- Analytical chemist
- Chemical development engineer
- Industrial product designer
- Clinical research associate
For further ideas and to get some personal perspectives see the career profiles below.
- Bruce - chemistry researcher - plant chemist
- Sam -immunology researcher - regulatory affairs consultant
- Steven - engineering researcher - development engineer
- Chris - physics and chemistry researcher - senior scientist
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