Unusual Careers to Get with a Science Degree

Career Advice
26 March 2020 | Career Advice | Guest Author

The nature of the world that we are now living in means that science is playing an important part in a lot of what we do today. Whether it is ensuring that food is safe, understanding our effect on the environment or keeping our population in good health, science is at the heart of a safe, well-functioning society.

If you have a degree in a science subject, you will be set up with the skills and knowledge that you need to have an impact and make a difference to the world. Even if you don’t go directly into the subject that you studied, there is an abundance of transferable skills that a science degree can give you.

Some careers might seem obvious – a scientist or teacher, for example, but there are also many other careers open to you which are a little more unusual. Here are just a few of them…

1.   Water Treatment Worker

Dealing with wastewater in society is an important job. Most people’s wastewater is sent to a sewage treatment plant, but installing a septic tank is another – and often more eco-friendly – option. Tank specialists, Tanks For Everything explain that septic tanks use “natural processes and a basic treatment method that is simple, effective and environmentally friendly” to dispose of your wastewater.

A water treatment worker with a science degree would look at designing water systems, taking, testing, and analysing samples to ensure water safety and liaising with government bodies to ensure that wastewater is safely dealt with. By working in this area, you would be contributing greatly to the safety of the population as well as helping to reduce our impact on the planet.

2.   Firework Designer

There is something special about fireworks and there’s a reason why they have been at the centre of celebrations all over the world for years. Although we all have our favourites, there is also a thirst for new and even more fantastic fireworks.

A degree in chemistry – and sometimes a master’s or Ph.D. – is what’s needed to work in the design of fireworks, and you would use the knowledge that you gained through your studies to design fireworks through the use of chemical reactions. Although this might not seem to be the most important job that you can do after your studies, it is one that can bring a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.

3.   Scatologist or Coprology

Scatology or coprology is the study of faeces, and although it might not sound very glamorous, it is a very important profession. Scatologists will often go into one of two areas – looking at animal faeces to learn about where they have been, what they have been eating and other lifestyle information, and studying and analysing human faeces.

The study of human faeces can help with the diagnosis of some diseases and illnesses as well as help to understand more in general about the digestion system – especially gut bacteria.

4.   Fermentation Scientist or Zymologist

Anyone who enjoys wine, beer, cheese or pickles has a lot to thank fermentation scientists for. A fermentation scientist or zymologist looks at the fermentation process and how bacteria or yeast can convert sugars into acids.

One famous zymologist is Louis Pasteur. He first discovered that fermentation was a result of yeast, so a career in fermentation science means that you’ll be following in grand footsteps.

5.   Patent Attorney

If you have felt torn between studying for your science degree and going into law, a job as a patent attorney could be the ideal one for you. As a patent attorney, you would be looking at patent applications and then advising your client on whether their idea is innovative, new, and suitable for patenting.

You would then help them to get their patent and also help them to protect their patent if need be. In the UK, the title of ‘Patent Attorney’ is a protected title, meaning that you need to be on the Register of Patent Attorneys to be able to practise.

6.   Storm Tracker

Working as a storm tracker doesn’t mean that you’ll be running into storms every day. You will more likely be using technology such as monitoring systems and scientific data to look at extreme weather like storms and then report it to those who need to know. Storm trackers are also known as Atmospheric Scientists.

A degree in science can open many doors for you in terms of a career. Depending on what your other interests are you can often amalgamate the two and find a job that you will cherish for the rest of your career.

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