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Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

Facts

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.

Earnings  

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

Job Opportunities

  • 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.

Alumni

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.

Useful Contacts

  • 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