Entry routes into job profiles- Column 2

Wednesday 10th January 2018

Entomologist

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Study insect habits and how they evolve. Control harmful insects such as those that carry disease

Skills you need:
Accurate and methodical, good at analyzing data, problem solving, communication and team working

You’ll need A-levels and a degree in Biology or Zoology with Entomology modules. A postgraduate Master's or PhD in Entomology is then beneficial
Work experince: Essential! Volunteer at a museum or conservation organisation
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Food Scientist

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Develop new food and drink products. Investigate ways to keep food fresh quality check

Skills you need:
Analytical and problem solving, communication and presentation skills

You’ll usually need a HND or foundation degree in food science or food technology. You could do a degree in food science after or with A levels
Work experience: Essential!
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Statistician

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Analyse and interpret numerical data to answer questions and provide information and advice to solve problems

Skills you need:
Data analysis, problem solving, methodical, excellent maths and IT skills

A-levels: AAA, including maths
Degree: Statistics or mathematics or a related subject like economics. A postgradute degree is necessary or train through the Civil service with the Government Statistical Service
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Forensic Scientist

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Analyse samples from crime scenes and work with the police

Skills you need:
Logical, analytical and methodical, strong stomach, good observational skills, communication

A-levels: BBC, including biology and chemistry and computing qualifications if you want to specialise in data recovery
Degree: Forensice science. A postgradute degree is also advisable
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Materials Scientist

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Examine how and why materials behave under various conditions, such as stress or exposure

Skills you need:
Creative and problem solving, maths, science and IT skills, communication

A-levels: ABB, including maths and physics or a HND in applied chemistry or materials engineering
Degree: Materials science or a degree level apprenticeship in engineering
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Marine Biologist

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Study life in the oceans and the impact of humans on marine life

Skills you need:
Observational and practical skills, maths and science, communication

A-levels: BBB, including biology
Degree: Marine biology or a related degree (Oceanography). A postgraduate 1 year Master's degree or a four year PhD is also advisable for graduate level jobs
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Analytical Chemist

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Studies and uses instruments to separate, identify and quantify materials

Skills you need:
Scientific, numerical, problem solving and logical thinking, data analysis

A-levels: BBC or above, including chemistry
Degree: Analytical Chemistry or a relevant subject (chemistry). A postgraduate Master's degree or PhD is advised
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Geneticist

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Have a knowledge of DNA; identify genetic abnormalities in patients, breed new crops, develop gene therapies

Skills you need:
Practical science skills, logical thinking, problem solving, IT

A-levels: AAB in science and maths
Degree: Genetics or a relevant subject (biology). A postgraduate Master's degree or PhD in genetics is advised or the NHS Scientist Training Programme for entry into genetic healthcare
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