What do biomedical scientists do?
Destinations at a glance
Biomedical sciences doctoral graduates from 2003-2007 working in the UK:
- The health and social work sector was consistently the biggest employer, accounting for 48%
- Education was an increasingly important sector and rose from 34%-40% in 2005 (37% over 2003-2007)
- 41% of biomedical sciences doctoral graduates became health professionals and associate professionals
- 31% worked in research roles, which was significantly less than biological sciences (over 60%)
- 22% were working as research staff in higher education
- 13% were working in 'education and teaching' roles
Common career paths
Career paths in biomedical sciences frequently have a vocational aspect.
Career destinations can be roughly split into 'hands-on' (research based) and 'hands-off' (not research based, but related to the subject) choices.
Investigate where former researchers in your department or institution are now working.
The following career profiles are from researchers with a biological science background, but can still offer ideas for career paths.
- Andrea - zoology - zoo nutritionist
- Kat - developmental genetics - scientific information officer
- Rosalind - mammalian genetics - senior lecturer
- Seema - molecular bioscience - European program director
- Peter - oral biology - research associate
- Sam - immunology - regulatory affairs consultant
- Steve - zoology - senior training and development officer
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