The majority of people who attend university do it for one reason; to get a good job once they've graduated. Hopes and dreams of that perfect position that offers you the chance to not only work in an area of science that you love but pays well is what every science student holds. But what are the most employable science degrees to have?

If you love science, are considering university, and would like to know which degrees are more likely to land you a job once you've graduated, Hyper Recruitment Solutions are here to tell you! Read on to learn what the most employable science degrees are.

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It's no secret that science has a tremendous impact on the world and the ways in which we live our daily lives. The discoveries that scientists make concerning our universe, our planet and our bodies grant us a greater understanding about where we have come from and where we are heading.

From discovering new animal species to understanding how certain diseases are created and developing vaccines to protect us from them, scientists are continuously learning and enhancing our quality of life.

But what are the specific science jobs that help to change the world and the lives that we live? In this blog post, we're going to take a look at a handful of these life-changing careers, giving you a closer look at what these scientists do and how they help us.

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From Back to the Future's Emmett Brown to Breaking Bad's Walter White, countless scientists on the small screen and the silver screen alike are so legendary that they have become part of entertainment folklore.

Fictional scientists are by no means in short supply, either. But while the role of the scientist is a common one on-screen, the science itself is seldom explored in any real detail. To remedy that, here's a brief look at the specific expertise of some of TV and cinema's best-loved scientists.

 

Walter White, Breaking Bad - Chemist

Let's start with perhaps the most iconic TV scientist of the last 20 years, Walter White.

While the obvious answer of 'meth cook' may immediately spring to mind when trying to identify Mr White's vocation, it's not a job title that's likely to appear on a loan application or insurance form.

Prior to donning the famous black pork pie hat and becoming Heisenberg, "the one who knocks" was originally a chemistry teacher by trade.

In fact, according to the series, White was a promising scientist in his youth, studying chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

White specialised in proton radiography, and his research in this field even led to a 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

However, his career took a notable downturn that saw the promising chemist settle in teaching before ultimately taking on the clandestine guise of the infamous drug kingpin Heisenberg.

The Heisenberg name itself is a reference to German physicist, Werner Heisenberg, a notable theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics.

Since establishing his on-screen credentials in Breaking Bad, actor Bryan Cranston has subsequently gone on to play numerous scientific roles - most notably that of a nuclear physicist, Joe Brody, in 2014's Godzilla.

Meanwhile, he has also transferred his scientific standing into comedy-based roles as Dr Templeton in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Dr Fist in The Cleveland Show.

 

Emmett Brown, Back to the Future - Experimental Physicist

Great Scott! Perhaps the best example of the classic 'mad scientist' on the silver screen, Back to the Future's Emmett Brown is the quintessential example of a Hollywood scientist.

Blending wacky eccentricities with genuine scientific genius, Dr Brown ('Doc' for short) refers to himself as "a student of all sciences", making an exact vocational specialism fairly hard to pin down.

That being said, quantum physics and general relativity are key areas that are likely to have been Doc Brown's specialist subjects, providing the basis for his time-travelling inventions and exploits.

However, perhaps the best label to apply to the zany professor would be that of an experimental physicist, owing to his wide and varied scientific experiments in search of new discoveries and scientific experiences.

The crown jewel of Doc Brown's fictional studies was, of course, the invention of the iconic flux capacitor. A plutonium-powered device that makes time travel possible, Doc opted to house his invention in the now-iconic DeLorean DMC-12, activating when the car reached 88mph.

The character of Doc has become so beloved that he was voted #20 in Empire's '100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time' list. More recently, the Rick Sanchez character in the popular TV show Rick & Morty is said to be a direct parody of Dr Brown.

 

Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park - Mathematician

No list of classic on-screen scientists would be complete without the charismatic rock star of science that is Ian Malcolm.

Dr Malcolm is apparently based on real-life mathematician Ivar Ekeland and scientific historian James Gleick. His specialist field of mathematic study is that of so-called 'chaos theory': how a minute action can result in a monumental reaction.

Coincidentally, the man behind the character, Jeff Goldblum, was no stranger to silver screen scientists when he donned the leather trousers of Dr Malcolm in 1993. He had previously portrayed molecular physicist Seth Brundle in the 1986 classic The Fly, earning himself a 'Best Actor' award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.

What's more, Goldblum would also go on to play Dr David Levinson in 1996 summer blockbuster Independence Day. He even played a professor in the 2001 kids movie Cats & Dogs, and a provost in TV comedy series King of the Hill - talk about typecasting!

 

Honorable Mentions

  • Indiana Jones - Archaeologist
    While often mistaken for a historian, the fabled adventurer (played by Harrison Ford) was technically a scientist. Naturally falling into the archaeology field of scientific study, Dr Jones proved that you don't need to be armed with a flux capacitor to make it as an iconic on-screen scientist.
  • Ghostbusters - Parapsychology
    While the team of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler may be best known for their affinity for busting ghosts with their patented proton packs, their spectre-snaring skills often overshadowed the fact that they are all highly-educated parapsychologists. Of course, parapsychology (the study of psychic and otherwise paranormal phenomena) is widely considered a pseudoscience - but that doesn't make the movies any less enjoyable.
  • Ross Geller - Palaeontologist
    Despite being one of the most recognisable characters of the 90s, Dr Ross Geller from Friends remains another criminally overlooked scientist, less known for his palaeontology than for his keyboard playing, furniture moving, and advanced levels of Unagi.

While we can't promise you a working life as exciting as those of Indiana Jones and Doc Brown, there are plenty of rewarding science jobs listed on the HRS website. Click the link below to browse the latest vacancies!

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If film and TV have taught us anything about scientists, it's that they all wear white lab coats, they're seldom seen without a test tube in hand, and they work exclusively within the confines of a lab.

However, while the stereotypical image of the zany scientist with wild hair, thick glasses and quirky foibles may be entertaining, the truth is far less eccentric and far more diverse.

Nevertheless, misconceptions such as these are commonplace not just in the media we consume but also in society as a whole. In fact, there are loads of myths about science that have almost become accepted as fact by the general public - and this affects the way people think about science jobs.

When it comes to common misconceptions about science jobs, there are a few that are particularly prevalent both inside and outside the industry. Here are some of the worst offenders that rear their ugly heads time after time.

 

You need a degree to pursue a career in science

This one is a biggie, and a common belief among jobseekers nationwide.

Admittedly, there is some truth to this. For example, you'll never become a medical doctor without years of formal training and that all-important piece of paper.

However, there are definitely avenues into science that don't require years spent in lecture halls racking up hefty university fees.

There are a variety of science jobs that can be entered into via company trainee initiatives and entry-level apprenticeship schemes.

Meanwhile, school-leaver programmes also offer young people a realistic route into scientific employment without a university degree.

 

Most science jobs will soon become automated

With technology evolving more and more with each passing year, it's natural that many jobs will fall by the wayside as a result of technological advancement making certain manual tasks obsolete.

In 2019, the BBC even ran article claiming that up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world would be replaced by robots by 2030 based on analysis by Oxford Economics.

However, while that undoubtedly makes for a spectacular headline, this isn't so much a bold prediction as it is a logical statement, no different to how factory workers were given their marching orders in favour of automated machinery back in the 60s.

However, most STEM jobs are relatively safe from automation. In fact, due to a skills shortage within STEM fields, there is actually a growing demand for skilled scientific workers. Roles such as data scientist are particularly safe from automation.

READ MORE: Jobs Least Likely to Be Automated

In fact, EDF Energy's 'Jobs of the Future' study found that jobs in science, research, engineering and technology will rise at double the rate of other occupations over the coming years.

The same report also went on to claim that science-focused industries are projected to account for 28% of job openings in the UK, equating to just over 2.8 million jobs in total.

Meanwhile, demand for traditional science, research, engineering and technology jobs will remain high, driven by the government's commitment to ongoing investment in infrastructure.

 

Science jobs are for men only

The notion that science is a boys-only club has existed for quite some time and, while that mentality may seem archaic, there is evidence to back it up.

For example, in 2017, just under 10% of successful candidates in A-level computer science were girls. The knock-on effect of this also resulted in girls representing less than 14% of all computer science students in UK.

However, while the female population may be under-represented in certain areas of science (notably computer science), physical science-related degrees have seen a year-on-year increase in the number of female graduates.

HESA data shows that the number of students studying science-related courses at university in the 2017/2018 academic year was virtually an equal split between genders, with a 49% contingent of females to the 51% of males.

Better still, the 2019 A-level results showed that girls actually outnumbered the boys for the first time ever in terms of participation, with 50.3% to 49.7% for biology, chemistry and physics.

With results and data clearly showing a reasonably even split between the two sexes, the idea that women aren't interested in science jobs is one that can be well and truly put to rest.

 

Creativity has no place in science

Science often gets a bad rap for being a boring industry, full of laborious theory and dull characters; however, in reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. Innovation is the core principle of most science jobs, with the pursuit of revolutionary advancement and ground-breaking discovery two recurring themes.

Without creative minds who think outside the box and colour outside the lines, scientific innovation would not be possible. From creating and implementing experimental treatments to developing new technologies and breaking new ground, creativity is at the heart of all scientific innovation.

In fact, the constantly-evolving landscape of science has led to the creation of many brand new jobs that simply didn't exist until recently. Best of all, with science showing no signs of slowing down, this is a trend that is only going to continue, making for some exciting times to come!

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To the average person, a typical science job would involve standing around a lab in coats, looking into a microscope, playing with test tubes and staring at a screen all day long. While that may be true for some positions within the scientific community, not all are like this, with some allowing plenty of out-of-the-lab work.

It may come as a surprise to you but there are several science roles that require the worker to travel around from place to place. So, if you're someone who loves both science and travel and would like to find a position that combines your two passions, here is a list of the science jobs that you should be looking out for. 

 

Jobs involving science and travel 

There are many science-based positions that involve various travel requirements across several different areas within the science community. Here are some of the most popular.

 

Epidemiologists 

If you hadn't heard of epidemiology before 2020, you most certainly would have at one point or another during this year. Epidemiologists are public health scientists who study the causes and patterns of human diseases and injuries. A position that has become very relevant and prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic. An epidemiologist can travel to various locations around the world, not just in the country that they are based in, to carry out studies and collect data that will help to understand new and potential infectious diseases. Once they have gathered and analysed their data, epidemiologists often take part in developing programmes that aim to educate the public about the diseases they have studied. This may result in even more travel.

  • Salary - £24k - £100k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri
  • Qualifications - Postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) in epidemiology or related subject

 

Zoologists

A zoologist is a person that studies different species or groups of animals in order to understand their behaviours, social interactions, environments and physical characteristics. Often, they perform their studies within a particular habitat, which requires then to travel to that location wherever it may be. They use the data that they have collected to analyse and predict various factors concerning a particular species as well as aiding any conservation efforts.

  • Salary - £18k - £45k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri - Hours can vary depending on studies, including weekend work.
  • Qualifications - Degree within a relevant subject such as zoology or biology.

 

Environmental Scientists 

These scientists work to protect the environment and rectify any hazards that they may come across, which more often than not will require them to travel to various locations to carry out fieldwork and monitor certain conditions. This involves taking samples of air, soil and water back to the lab to test for any contamination that may be present. Further travel may be required once they have their results so they can share their findings with others. Read our blog to learn more about environmental scientists.

  • Salary - £18k - £40k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri - Hours can vary depending on studies, including weekend work.
  • Qualifications - Degree within a relevant subject such as environmental science or environmental engineering.

 

Anthropologists 

Anthropologists work within the realm of social science as they concern themselves with the study of various cultures and human behaviour. They can often be found within dig sites conducting field studies and excavations learning about the origins and history of humans as well as other populations. Their studies are analysed and presented to others which may influence policies and programmes that impact different cultures. This may require them to travel to various places around the world. 

  • Salary - £20k - £80k+
  • Hours - 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri - Hours can vary depending on studies, including weekend work.
  • Qualifications - Degree within a relevant subject such as social sciences followed by a postgraduate degree in anthropology  

 

And there you have it, some of the best science jobs that allow you to travel. There are more roles that combine both science and travel, so if any of the above do not immediately stand out to you, don't worry, there are others! If, however, any of the above roles interest you, you can find vacancies within these sectors right here at HRS. Click below to browse our full list of science jobs that we are recruiting for.

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If you can't find the role you're looking for, don't worry, we can help! You can get in touch with a member of the Hyper Recruitment Solutions team today for further guidance in finding a science job that allows you to travel.