You might think that you know what you're getting into with
science and technology - fields like biotechnology, pharmaceuticals,
telecommunications and engineering have existed seemingly since the year dot,
so it can be easy for those contemplating science jobs to forget the truly
'living and breathing', continually evolving nature of science and technology.
For a reminder of just how exciting it can be to get picked
by a science recruitment
agency for a sought-after and important role, just consider the latest
frontiers to which you could make an active contribution.
The effects on food
crops of climate change
Climate change isn't just about the prospect of higher
temperatures and us all ending up underwater - it's also about the very
sustainability of our planet's food supply. Become a plant scientist, and you
could play an instrumental role in the development of drought-resistant crop
Whereas the replacement of heart valves has traditionally
been done by surgically opening the chest cavity, if the process is done by
chest catheter, only a small incision is required. Since this was achieved by a
French doctor in 2002, it has gained popularity across dozens of countries when
faulty aortic valves need to be treated.
The acidification of
As the atmosphere of our planet becomes ever-more
concentrated with carbon dioxide, so the amount of carbonic acid in our oceans
is also increasing, decreasing the pH and even dissolving the shells or
skeletons of some organisms. Scientists are still grappling to properly
understand the evolving chemical composition of our oceans - but who is to say that
you won't contribute to the next big breakthrough in this area?
The universe has long held seemingly infinite mystery and
fascination for scientists, who are still trying to explain not only why it is
still getting bigger, but also doing so ever-quicker. Attempts to shed some
light on the matter have included the modification of how we mathematically
treat gravity's effects at greater distances, with the galileon
scalar field enabling self-accelerating solutions.
This is one emerging scientific field that even many
laypeople are familiar with already - after all, how could the design and
construction of biological parts, systems and devices possibly not capture the wider imagination? Recent
years have seen the creation of "synthetic life" - DNA that is
digitally created before its printing and insertion into a living bacterium -
and as a scientist in this field, you could be perfectly placed to direct and
influence the next wave of developments.
Looking to change the world? Science jobs certainly allow
you to do that, with those in the aforementioned fields offering some of the
best possibilities of all.