Today’s economy offers people a huge range of choice in the careers they want to pursue- especially scientists. With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, and opening up new avenues of discussion and exploration as it goes, there’s never been a better time to be involved in science, whether you’re more interested in meteorology or biology.
Given the huge range of options open to scientists, it can sometimes be hard to choose which career to get stuck into. Of course, you could go into Biochemistry or Medicine, but why not choose something a little off the beaten track- in areas that are constantly developing and changing?
Here are three science-based careers you might want to consider.
Renewable energy is currently undergoing somewhat of a revolution. With wind energy and solar energy on the rise- and with wind energy setting records across the country for energy production- it’s an excellent time to get involved with this developing industry. The market is opening up worldwide, and Asian countries are taking more of an interest in the sector, with China pledging billions of pounds of investment in its renewables industry over the next five years, and India recently having completed construction of the largest solar farm in the world.
With unprecendented scientific opportunities, and the chance to innovate and adapt the latest technologies to create more efficient methods of producing green energy, renewables is a fantastic place to start your scientific career.
A similarly exciting field to get involve in is nanotechnology. Though it was first developed in 1959 as a way of manipulating matter at a molecular level, it’s made leaps and bounds since then, and today it’s scientists work with some of the most cutting-edge technology there is. Responsible for making massive breakthroughs in everything from the automobile industry to medicine, nanotechnologists are working with atomic matter to create things like graphene sheets, which can conduct electricity at an atomic level, or nanoparticles to deliver chemotherapy drugs in a safe and targeted way.
For people for are up for a challenge, nanotechnology lets you work at the cutting edge of science, constantly making new discoveries.
Biomedical Engineering is about applying engineering principles to biology, or health care. If you want to improve peoples’ lives as part of your job, this is the career for you, letting you run the gamut of medical technologies, including developing prosthetics, innovating imaging methods like X-rays or particle beams, or working on physical therapy devices. Interesting, challenging and with a pedigree stretching back hundreds of years, the sector is also growing extremely quickly, as the BLS predicts that employment of biomedical engineers is going to grow by 27% by 2022, thanks to an ageing population and increasingly-sophisticated technology.