What do biological scientists do?
Destinations at a glance
Biological sciences doctoral graduates from 2003-2007 working in the UK:
- 49% fund employment in the education sector
- 64% worked in research roles, which is higher than any other discipline group
- 36% were working as research staff in higher education
- Employment in manufacturing fell from 25% to 21%, but employment of biological sciences doctoral graduates in this sector is well above the discipline average
- 9% were education and teaching professionals
- Biological sciences doctoral graduates were the most likely discipline group to continue their careers abroad (10%).
Common career paths
Common career paths in biological sciences can be roughly split into 'hands-on' (research based) and hands-off (not research based, but related to the subject).
You can start to navigate career options by looking at Options with your subject on the Prospects careers website.
Investigate where former researchers in your department or institution are now working.
The following career profiles are useful in terms of gaining ideas on destinations.
- Andrea - zoology - zoo nutritionist
- Kat - developmental genetics - scientific information officer
- Rosalind - mammalian genetics - senior lecturer
- Seema - molecular bioscience - European program director
- Sam - immunology - regulatory affairs consultant
- Steve - zoology - senior training and development officer
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