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.
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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Are you interested in pursuing a career as a chemist? Perhaps you’re working towards, or have recently graduated from university with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry. Or perhaps you’re looking to change careers. Whatever your circumstances, you can be sure that working in the field of chemistry will be both stimulating and challenging.
Some of the most popular chemistry jobs are:
As an analytic chemist, you’ll use a variety of different methods to investigate the nature of different chemicals and substances
As a forensic chemist, you’ll be in charge of gathering and analysing evidence from crimes for use in court cases.
Toxicologists evaluate the effects of toxic materials such as; potential new medicines and radiation on human beings, animals and the environment.
This is only a small selection of roles in the field of chemistry, there are lots of other areas you can choose to specialise in, often depending on your interests, qualifications and experience.
Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, you can browse chemistry jobs across the UK and internationally that are suitable for chemists of varying levels of ability. We constantly network and update our site to ensure we bring you the most recent and exciting opportunities on the market.
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Molecular biology is a branch of biology that focuses on biomolecules within various cell systems (be they human, animal, plant or otherwise) and the interactions between those biomolecules.
Molecular Biology at University
Molecular biology undergraduate courses often combine elements of biochemistry, genetics, and microbiology into a single syllabus. This allows students to explore different areas of molecular biology while also giving them an opportunity to specialise in an area that's relevant to their chosen career path.
Pursuing a Career in Molecular Biology
In order to get a job as a molecular biologist, you will need a relevant life sciences degree, as well as (ideally) some relevant work experience in a laboratory environment.
What to expect:
- Predominantly lab-based work
- You will mostly be carrying out molecule- and cell-focused experiments
- You may also be responsible for managing the laboratory
Areas of work you might be involved in:
- Antibody engineering
- Gene therapy
- Plant research
The average starting salary for a molecular biologist is approximately £20k a year, with lots of potential for progression as you develop your skills and grow more experienced.
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Nearly 7,000 people (and counting!) have taken Hyper Recruitment Solutions' What Type of Scientist Are You? quiz since we launched it earlier this year.
And who knows? Maybe we inspired some of those individuals to consider a career that had never even occurred to them before! For instance, have you ever thought about how your innate problem-solving skills might serve you well as a data scientist? Or how your love of animals might translate into a rewarding career in zoology?
If not, be sure to take the quiz yourself before you read on to find out what results everyone else has been getting!
The Most Popular Results
As you can see, there's been a lot of variety in the results that people have been getting from our quiz - some people are clinical scientists, some are ecologists, and some are better suited to biochemistry.
The 3 most popular results are:
- Geologist (14.4% of people get this result)
- Astronomer (13.9% of people get this result)
- Physicist (13.4% of people get this result)
This suggests that there are a lot of people out there with analytical minds and a great love for going outdoors - these are qualities that mesh very well with a career in geology!
We've also seen a lot of people show an interest in unlocking the really big mysteries, like whether we're alone in the universe and indeed where the universe came from in the first place. These people would make great astronomers and physicians - the second and third most popular quiz results respectively.
The least popular result was Biologist - just 4.6% of our quiz-takers are best suited to a career in biology, but that's still more than 300 people!
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The role of a clinical scientist is extremely important. They are responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of illnesses, medical conditions and diseases.
As a clinical scientist, you’ll more than likely find yourself working within a laboratory environment, undertaking complex data analysis and utilising sophisticated software to analyse tests and results. You will work as part of a team containing a variety of specialist skill sets, such as doctors, nurses and biomedical scientists who offer professional advice, interpretation of medical results and appropriate testing methods. All of these play a fundamental role in research and the development of new drugs.
Browse our latest clinical science jobs here, or read on to find out more about this line of work.
Within the laboratory, a clinical scientist may specialise in a variety of different areas, such as:
- Microbiology – This is the study of microbes such as viruses and bacteria, conducted to aid in the diagnosis, control and prevention of diseases and infections.
- Genomics – The study of genetic mapping and DNA sequences to enhance the early diagnosis and inherited traits and diseases.
- Blood Sciences – Studies focus on the chemical processes within living tissues and cells such as proteins and DNA.
- Transplant Sciences – Involves ensuring that donated organs are correctly matched to recipients and working to reduce immune-rejection.
Each of these specialist subjects involves various activities and responsibilities. Depending on your chosen area of work, duties could include researching, developing and testing new approaches for diagnosing and treating conditions; creating and following protocols and quality control methods to ensure reliable and accurate results; or interpreting results and creating reports for colleagues to provide patients with therapeutic, diagnostic and prognostic information, as well as treatment options.
What you’ll need to be a clinical scientist
In order to become a clinical scientist, you will need:
- A degree in life sciences, engineering, physics, or related to medicine
- The completion of the 3-year NHS Healthcare Scientists Training Programme (STP)
- Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Skills & Abilities
Obviously, clinical science workers require certain specific skills and abilities in order to perform successfully. The most important competencies include:
- The ability to demonstrate strong experimental and analytical skills
- Incredible attention to detail
- The ability to be thorough and present findings in a coherent manner
- The ability to work well within a team and communicate effectively
- The ability to work under pressure
- The ability to interpret information in a precise and accurate manner
The clinical science industry is a complex and ever-changing field that requires the very best individuals in order to move forward. We at Hyper Recruitment Solutions are very experienced clinical science recruiters, and we have a great passion for helping scientists find their perfect roles.
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