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Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths
The majority of engineering jobs can be found in the following areas: aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, chemical, electrical and electronics, food and drink, metals, minerals and materials, marine, nuclear, oil and gas, pharmaceutical.
- The UK manufacturing industry is the 11th largest in the world and employs 2.6 million people.
- Hospital doctors work within a number of specialties, of which the most common are: anaesthetics, emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, psychiatry, trauma and orthopaedics.
- Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) was established to encourage women to consider a career in engineering.
With just 13% of the current workforce made up of women, WISE aims to increase this gender balance to 30% by 2020.
|Architect||£15,000 – £80,000|
|Trainee Engineers||£20,000 – £25,000|
|Geoscientist||£22,000 – £35,000|
|Health & Safety Officer (New Professionals)||£18,000 – £29,000|
|Environmental Manager||£18,000 – £30,000|
|Trainee Biomedical Scientist||£21,200 – £27,600|
|Veterinary Surgeon (starting package)||£21,800 – £33,500|
|Hospital Doctor||£22,600 – £101,500|
Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
- Average earnings of £30,570 are higher for those in manufacturing compared to those in the services sector.
- Due to the constant demand of staying ahead of the competition, the UK’s science industries will always require new workers who can provide an innovative approach to their chosen field.
- Work experience is strongly recommended, with many courses at degree level offering a year in industry.
- For those seeking internships or experience, The Wellcome Trust offers a variety of roles within the STEM sector including marketing, communications and biomedical research.
- Location can also be a factor when seeking employment, for example the North West has a wider range of prospects in the nuclear industry whereas oil and gas opportunities are often found in Scotland.
Alistair Fletcher left Blackpool Sixth in 2011 having studied Electronics, Maths and German. He accepted an apprenticeship with BAE Systems upon leaving and is currently completing his HND in Aeronautical Engineering. His apprenticeship will finish in March 2015 and he will be responsible for the design and manufacture of metal 3D printed components.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) www.acenet.co.uk
- Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) www.iom3.org
- Institute of Measurement and Control www.instmc.org.uk
- Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) www.ipem.ac.uk
- Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) www.icheme.org
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) www.ice.org.uk
- Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) www.theiet.org
- Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) www.imeche.org
- Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) www.istructe.org
- NHS Careers – England www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) www.rcvs.org.uk
- British Medical Association (BMA) www.bma.org.uk
- The General Medical Council www.gmc-uk.org
- Women into Science and Engineering www.wisecampaign.org.uk
- The Wellcome Trust http://www.wellcome.ac.uk
Sources: Prospects.ac.uk, www.wisecampaign.org.uk and www.eef.org.uk
For students interested in careers as an architect, architectural technician, architectural CAD, architectural technologist or surveyor. You will choose one A level subject from each of the following areas:
- Technical: Maths or Physics.
- Humanities: Geography or Modern History.
- Art: Fine Art or Graphic Design.
- Biological / Life Sciences
This pathway will lead to careers in zoology, marine biology, pathology, genetics and embryology. A level Biology, Chemistry and Maths is our recommended combination of subjects.
- Biomedical Sciences
This pathway will interest those who see their future in specialist laboratory work, expert and consultant roles, research, education and management. A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths is a strong combination for this pathway. Alternatively, you could study BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (Double) and another A level subjects or BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (Triple).
- Earth Sciences
This pathway will lead to careers in geology, agricultural sciences, archaeology, climate and atmospheric sciences, health and safety, mineral exploration and soil sciences. You will study four A levels which must include Chemistry and Maths. Biology or Geography are also recommended.
- Maths and Statistics
Leads to careers such as an actuary, statistician, computer scientist, civil engineer, economist or air traffic control analyst. You will study A Level Maths and Further Maths with another academic A level such as a science or A Level Statistics.
- Medicine / Dentistry
This pathway leads to a career in surgery, dentistry, pathology, general practice and medical specialisms. You will study A Level Biology, Chemistry and one other academic A level. Maths, English Literature, History, Psychology, Geography, Economics, REP, French, German or Spanish are all good choices for the third subject.
- Science / Technical
This will lead to laboratory work across all sectors. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (Triple) or Applied Science (Double) with a single A level or another BTEC single course.
- Veterinary Science
As well as a career as a vet, other employment opportunities from taking this pathway include research and wildlife conservation. You will study A level Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Physics would be a possible additional choice for students taking 4 A levels but is not essential.