Scientist Quiz

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

Science Quiz Results - Graph

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:

  1. Geologist (14.4% of people get this result)
  2. Astronomer (13.9% of people get this result)
  3. 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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Outdoor Science Jobs

A degree in science doesn't mean that you have to spend your whole career sitting around in a lab all day long.

If you love science but prefer working outdoors, there are still plenty of possibilities for you to explore! Here are some outdoor science jobs that could be perfect for a person like you:

  • Environmental Scientist – An environmental scientist studies the effects of human activities on the world around us. They do this by conducting tests and analysing data as a means to both prevent and solve environmental problems. They gather samples and data in the field, then perform tests in a lab. As a result of increased pressure on governments and industries to minimise the harmful effects that their activities have on the world, the demand for this type of work is currently higher than ever.

  • Ecologist – An ecologist's job is to study ecosystems, the distribution of organisms, and the relationship between those organisms and their environment. They tend to focus on a particular subject area such as marine, freshwater or terrestrial ecology.

  • Geologist – The role of a geologist is to study processes of the earth (such as floods, earthquakes and landslides) and to survey land and produce safe building plans. They also investigate precious materials - such as minerals, metals, oils, water and natural gas - and come up with ways to extract them. A geologist is concerned with changes that occur over time such as land formation and climate change.

  • Biologist – The job of a biologist is to study organisms (such as bacteria, humans and animals) and their relationship with the surrounding environment. This helps us to better understand how the organism's body operates and how external factors impact each organism. Using basic research methods, a biologist will work to prove or disprove theories about how organisms work, as well as contributing to the discovery of medicinal advancements such as developing new fruits and vegetables that are less prone to nuisances and pests.

  • Patent Attorney – A patent attorney's job requires both scientific and legal knowledge, focusing on the protection of technology through the obtaining of patents. As a patent attorney, you will assess whether inventions are new and innovative, lead individual inventors or organisations through the process required to obtain a patent, and then act to impose inventors' rights if patents have been impeded.

This is just a sample of the many available outdoor science jobs that are (mostly) based outside of the traditional lab setting.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we strive to help every individual find their perfect science role, whether that be in a lab or the great outdoors. For career advice, job-hunting guidance or further information on our outdoor science jobs, please do not hesitate to contact us today - or use the link below to view our latest scientific vacancies.

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Scientist Quiz

Clinical Science Jobs

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.

Roles

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

Qualifications

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.

Use the links below to learn more about the clinical science industry, or to apply for clinical vacancies online.

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The gender gap present in STEM careers is a persistent one. While other industries have seen the balance between men and women begin to improve, the shortage of women within STEM continues to prevail with women making up only 14.4% of STEM workers in the UK. So, why aren’t there more female scientists? It’s not an easy question to answer, and a number of in-depth studies examining the STEM gender gap have reached the same resounding (yet unsatisfying) conclusion: it’s complicated.

To really comprehend the gender gap in STEM careers, we need to look at multiple strands, ranging from socialisation to confidence. The following 3 reasons can help us understand the gender gap in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

1. Socialisation & Gender Stereotypes

Gender roles are generally understood to be the associative qualities, abilities and behaviours we link to a person’s gender. From colour-coded toys (pink for girls, blue for boys) onward, the divide between male from female starts at a young age. So how does this socialisation affect the gender gap in STEM industries?

Well, one study found that by the age of 6, girls are already 52% more likely to associate being 'really smart' with boys rather than girls.

These preconceived notions of intelligence, as well as the idea that there are 'girl subjects' and 'boy subjects', are bound to have a knock-on effect on the number of girls even considering pursuing STEM academically. The impact of this is reflected in university stats; in the USA, for instance, just 35% of STEM graduates are female.

2. Confidence

Confidence may be a key factor in understanding why there aren’t more female scientists. It is human nature to follow that you believe is most likely to end in success. There is a wealth of evidence to indicate that, once you remove social factors from the equation, there is no significant qualitative difference in scientific capability between the sexes – so the male majority in STEM fields can't simply be chalked up to innate scientific ability.

However, males generally display a higher level of confidence in their own scientific competence. This is a likelier explanation for the male-dominated workforce within the science industry.

3. Misconceptions & Disadvantages

It seems that there are a high number of women with the ability to pursue a science-based career who – for whatever reason – don’t choose to go in that direction. Even when women qualify to work within scientific fields, the turnover and drop-out rate of women in STEM fields remains high.

This may be partially explained by some of the misconceptions that surround the STEM industry, as well as the very real disadvantages that some women face. Childcare and maternity leave, for example, are frequently cited as deterrents for women who might otherwise have been interested in pursuing a career in science. Many countries aren't very accommodating towards women who require maternity leave, and this - combined with the general feeling that such a male-dominated industry will not be understanding about maternity requirements - can put female scientists off in a big way.

We hope this blog has helped you to understand some of the reasons why there aren’t more female scientists currently working in STEM industries. This gender gap isn’t an unchangeable state of affairs – many organisations are already working hard to get more girls interested in science and technology from a young age, and this hopefully means that there’ll be an influx of female scientists in the near future. Every little helps, and every woman who enters the STEM industry closes the gender gap a little bit more.

If you’re looking to start a career in STEM, you'll find science, technology and engineering job listings right here on the HRS website.

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Contract Science Jobs

Contract work has become increasingly popular in recent times for both businesses and workers within the science industry. This is due to a number of reasons, such as:

  • Covering long-term leave
  • Coping with periods of peak demand
  • The rise of project-based work
The choice to employ contract workers can bring wide-ranging benefits to science companies. These include cutting costs, increasing productivity, obtaining and utilising specialised skills, and enhancing flexibility within the workforce.

However, it’s not just organisations that can benefit from the rise contract work - there are lots of advantages for the workers themselves, too.

Benefits of Contract Working

1. Ownership – Ownership of your work is one of the major psychological benefits that come with contract work. Instead of having ‘managers’ and ‘bosses’, individuals and companies that you work with can be seen as ‘clients’ and ‘customers’, and this can make a massive difference in how you feel regarding your freedom and independence whilst working.

2. Utilising your strengths and interests – One of the main benefits of working as a contractor is the ability to focus on the skills and areas of expertise that you possess - after all, these are the attributes that will get you hired. The science company that you work for will be focused on your unique personal abilities, which usually leads to greater recognition for your professional accomplishments.

3. Build experience quickly – Short-term contract work (where contractors move from role to role and company to company fairly quickly) will bulk up your CV very quickly, giving you a broad and varied array of working experiences. By working in different environments and varied roles, you become exposed to different duties and challenges, and this can be extremely valuable both for future employment and within your everyday life.

4. Variety – Related to the above, contract work allows you to experiment with different roles and experience a variety of positions, rather than being stuck in one permanent role. Working with different people, for different people, at different companies can be a massive benefit to contract workers, and as a bonus, they get to avoid the office politics that can occur within longer-term roles.

5. Higher pay – Though not always guaranteed, working as a contractor can bring the benefit of higher pay. Due to companies not having to pay for health care and other employee benefits when working with contractors, they are sometimes able to offer a higher wage instead.

6. Work for yourself – The last and perhaps the most rewarding element of contract work is the ability to say that you ‘work for yourself’. A number of contract jobs, especially within the science industry, allow the worker a certain amount of flexibility and freedom - for instance, the freedom to choose the contract length and/or location of work.

Contracting Through HRS

Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a company that stands by its candidates. We aim to provide a reliable and honest service that you can trust. When we help you to search for contract science jobs, you will enjoy a number of advantages, including:

  • Choice – We work with an extensive portfolio of clients in STEM sectors, so you will not be limited when it comes to choosing your contract. Whether you would like to work with SMEs or big pharmaceutical companies, you are sure to find something that’s right for you.

  • All the help you need – Your HRS consultant will make the process of choosing and obtaining the right jobs as easy as possible for you. By providing expertise and advice on roles, companies and industries, assisting with CV presentation and interview preparation, and giving follow-up support after a successful placement, our experienced consultants go above and beyond to ensure that you are fully supported.

  • Expertise – As science industry experts, we possess an in-depth knowledge of each specialist sector, putting us in the best possible position to represent you.

  • Timesheet portal – Once you have successfully found contract work, you and the company will gain access to our fully automated, easy-to-use online timesheet portal to make the whole process paper- and hassle-free.

To browse our latest contract science jobs, go to our Job Search page and select 'Contract / Temporary / Interim' under Contract Type. Alternatively, contact us now for expert guidance on seeking contract work in the science industry.

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