Women in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which takes place on the 11th of February every year, was created by the United Nations as part of the ongoing effort to address gender imbalance in core STEM subjects and promote the participation of women in scientific roles.

The Statistics

Across 14 different countries, the percentage of women graduating from universities with degrees in science-related subjects are as follows:

  • Bachelor's Degree: 18%
  • Master's Degree: 8%
  • PhD: 2%

These low figures are quite disheartening, as are reports that under 30% of scientific research and development roles are currently held by women.

The UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to encourage women and young girls to pursue an education or career in science and dramatically raise the above percentages.

Breaking Gender Stereotypes

To mark the occasion, we'd like to take a look at just some of the many prolific female scientists who have done vital work throughout history and helped to pave the way for gender equality in scientific fields:

Lise Meitner (1878-1968)

Lise Meitner was an Austrian-Swedish physicist who specialised in radioactivity and nuclear physics. Together with a select group of other scientists, she discovered nuclear fission of uranium - the basic principle of the nuclear weapons that were to follow.

Grace Hopper (1906-1992)

Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark 1 computer, and she developed an early variation of the programming language COBOL which is still in use today.

Sandra Faber (1944- )

Sandra Faber is an astrophysicist specialising in the evolution of galaxies. Some of her important contributions to science include linking the brightness of galaxies to the speed of stars within them and helping to design the Keck telescopes in Hawaii.

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If you are considering pursuing (or already working towards) a career in science, you might be curious as to which jobs can earn you the most money, making the hard work you put into studying worthwhile and providing you with financial security for the future.

Highest Paying Science Jobs

Specialists in the STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are constantly in high demand due to the rapid pace at which these fields develop and change. Therefore, you can be fairly certain that pursuing a career in any of these industries will have a reasonably good chance of leading to a fairly high salary.

But let's take a closer look at science jobs specifically.

The Highest-Paying Science Jobs

Of course, there are lots of different professions - from biotechnology to manufacturing - that could potentially fall under the 'science' umbrella, but here are some of the best-paid science jobs of all (salary estimates taken from nationalcareers.service.gov.uk).


Microbiologist

Starting salary: £26,250 per annum

Experienced salary: £99,000 per annum


Physicist

Starting salary: £14,000 per annum

Experienced salary: £70,000 per annum


Software Developer

Starting salary: £20,000 per annum

Experienced salary: £70,000 per annum


Pharmacologist

Starting salary: £25,000 per annum

Experienced salary: £80,000 per annum


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