Helping you find a career in the biosciences industry
Biosciences is a broad category of potential career options including: continued academic/scientific research, ecology, toxicology, microbiology and positions within the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors.
The common thread to all careers in biosciences is that they all require the application of scientific principles to understand and solve biological challenges or identify opportunities for development.
Some large employers of bioscientists will offer structured apprenticeship programmes designed to train school-leavers in biosciences as well as giving them hands-on experience in a laboratory and office environment. There are also opportunities outside of structured Degree Apprenticeship (Qualification Level 6) Foundation Degree Apprenticeship programmes (Level 5), for instance entry-level laboratory technician positions, although there will be a limit to your progression in biosciences if you do not complete the academic study offered in a Degree Apprenticeship.
Some example biosciences careers include:
A toxicologist will conduct research into the impact of toxic materials on humans, animals and the environment.
A plant geneticist will work to identify and breed different strands of plant species with specific traits.
A microbiologist might work to understand microorganisms impact on health and disease, agriculture and food safety.
A geneticist will conduct research into the human genome and principles of heredity.
Despite there being such a variety of positions and potential employers available, most careers in biosciences will require you to work in laboratories and often in the field, conducting experiments and analysing their results, interpreting statistical data and preparing reports into your findings.