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Choosing a career

Choosing a career


Deciding on your career path can seem overwhelming with the wealth of opportunities available. You may decide to remain in education and pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or move into employment. There are many careers where you can use your skills and knowledge, you just need to find the right one for you.




Try online tools

There are a few online tools that can help you choosing the right career path. 

Complete an online test to see what job would suit you or browse a library of case studies - Prospects Planner

Further explore your career options, skills and understand what motivates and inspires you - TARGETjobs career planner

Research the sector

Find out what to expect from a career in the sectors you are interested in by looking at careers websites, job adverts and asking your school or university careers office. Careers advisors can help you to find out what sort of work would be right for you. Our career profiles and guides give a taste of different career opportunities within the molecular biosciences.

Go to a job fair

Job fairs can give you a feel for the range of opportunities that are open to graduates. They allow you to speak directly with a wide range of employers and can help you to narrow down the job sectors.

As members of the Royal Society of Biology Careers Committee, we also support the annual Bioscience Careers Festival



Get some work experience


Whether you’ve firmly decided on your career path, or simply want to test the water before committing, work experience is incredibly useful when deciding and applying for a job. It allows you to talk to those already working in the field. Relevant work experience and internships are a great way to explore your career options and gain an insight into working in a particular role or company.

Postgraduate study

If you just completed your undergraduate degree, you don’t need to leave study. Postgraduate courses allow you to specialize further into a field that you enjoy, and many highly specialized, technical jobs require these postgraduate qualifications as a prerequisite.


You might also consider moving away from the lab with alternative postgraduate study options such as law, teaching, business or journalism.



Useful websites

Prospects – UK graduate careers website, it contains CV and interview advice and job listings
TARGETjobs graduate A-Z careers catalogue, Degree Matcher and how to find the best employer 
BioscienceCareers a blog for bioscientists working or studying in Higher Education 

What can I do with my career? – links almost any degree to a career in the NHS 

Future Morph - science and maths careers information 

Technician make it happen  Useful information and resources for aspiring technicians 

Green Careers and Degrees information on careers in renewable energy and sustainability

Careers in Data Science discover the various careers available in data science 

Discover Data Science - lots of information about careers in data science and programs available

Royal Society of Biology – career resources for biology-related positions 

Learn How to Become – resources for any career path

Medical Research Council – training and career development opportunities within industry
ABPI careers – careers in the pharmaceutical industry 
Careers in biomedical science – a career as Biomedical Scientist 
Careers in clinical biochemistry – qualifications and career paths of clinical biochemists
So you want to be a science writer? – detailed booklet all about careers in science writing