Science and research

  • Acoustics consultant

    Acoustician, acoustics engineer

    Acoustics consultants help manage and control noise and vibrations in homes, workplaces and other environments.

  • Agronomist

    Crop scientist, agricultural consultant, agronomy manager

    Agronomists advise farmers on soil health, disease prevention and how to improve crop production and quality.

  • Animal technician

    Animal technicians look after animals in medical and scientific research laboratories.

  • Arboricultural officer

    Tree officer, forest officer

    Arboricultural officers manage and maintain trees for local councils and arboricultural contractors.

  • Archaeologist

    Archaeologists learn about the past by studying sites, excavating, classifying, recording and preserving objects.

  • Astronaut

    Astronauts fly spacecraft and do experiments in space.

  • Astronomer


    Astronomers study the origin and structure of the universe, including its planets, stars, galaxies and black holes.

  • Audiologist

    Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers work with children and adults who have hearing loss, tinnitus, or problems with balance.

  • Biochemist

    Biological scientist

    Biochemists investigate the chemical processes that take place inside all living things, such as viruses, bacteria and people.

  • Biologist

    Biologists study living things, including people, animals and plants, along with the environments they live in.

  • Biomedical scientist

    Biomedical scientists test patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals diagnose, prevent and treat disease.

  • Biotechnologist

    Biotechnologists study plants, animals, microbes, biochemistry and genetics to develop new products and improve existing ones.

  • Cartographer

    Cartographers collect information about the geography of an area to design and produce maps, charts and plans.

  • Chemical engineer

    Chemical engineers develop ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.

  • Chemical engineering technician

    Chemical engineering technicians develop processes used in the manufacturing of medicines, food, textiles and fuels.

  • Chemist

    Analytical chemist

    Chemists investigate the chemical make up of substances and work out how they behave under different conditions.

  • Climate scientist


    Climate scientists study changes in the Earth's climate over time and how they might affect the planet in the future.

  • Clinical engineer

    Biomedical engineer, bio-engineer

    Clinical engineers apply engineering principles to the research, design and development of healthcare products and equipment.

  • Clinical psychologist

    Clinical psychologists help people manage mental health issues, phobias and addiction.

  • Clinical scientist

    Healthcare scientist

    Clinical scientists research and develop techniques and equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness.

  • Consumer scientist

    Consumer scientists study why people use or buy products and services, and give advice to retailers and manufacturers.

  • Countryside officer

    Conservation officer

    Countryside officers manage, protect and improve the rural environment.

  • Data analyst-statistician

    Statistics officer

    Data analyst-statisticians collect numbers and statistics to identify trends, create models and present results.

  • Data scientist

    Data engineer, machine learning engineer, AI data scientist

    Data scientists use software, artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyse and interpret large amounts of data.

  • Ecologist

    Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.

  • Economist

    Economists advise government departments, businesses, banks and other organisations on economic matters.

  • Education technician

    Education technicians support science, art, IT or design and technology teachers by preparing equipment and materials for practical lessons.

  • Electronics engineer

    Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.

  • Energy engineer

    Renewable energy engineer

    Energy engineers research, design and build power generation plants, and work in the oil and gas industry.

  • Environmental consultant

    Eco consultant

    Environmental consultants advise on sustainability, including waste management, recycling, flood risk and the effects of climate change.

  • Fingerprint officer

    Fingerprint examiner

    Fingerprint officers work to identify fingerprints taken from crime scenes.

  • Food scientist

    Food technologist

    Food scientists and food technologists develop food and drink products, making sure they are safe to consume.

  • Forensic scientist

    Forensic scientists prepare traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law.

  • Garment technologist

    Clothing technician, textiles technician

    Garment technologists choose the right fabrics and designs for manufacturers to make clothes at a set cost.

  • Geneticist

    Geneticists study how genes work in humans, animals, plants and microbes, and how they are passed on.

  • Geoscientist


    Geoscientists study the Earth's structure and formation, and analyse rocks to explore its natural mineral and energy resources.

  • Geospatial technician

    Geographic information systems (GIS) technician

    Geospatial technicians collect data to create maps, update satellite navigation systems and plan construction projects.

  • Geotechnician

    Geotechnical lab technician, geotechnical engineering technician

    Geotechnicians collect and analyse geological data from rock, soil and water samples.

  • Healthcare science assistant

    Assistant technical officer

    Healthcare science assistants support healthcare professionals.

  • Housing policy officer

    Housing policy officers research and develop policies for local authorities and housing associations.

  • Hydrologist

    Water engineer, flood engineer, hydrology engineer

    Hydrologists study rainfall, rivers and groundwater systems to help develop sustainable ways of managing water.

  • Intelligence analyst

    Criminal intelligence analyst, intelligence officer

    Intelligence analysts use data to detect and prevent crime and protect UK security and the economy.

  • Laboratory technician

    Lab technician, lab assistant

    Laboratory technicians carry out tests on samples for scientific research, product development and medical diagnosis.

  • Land surveyor

    Geographic information systems (GIS) surveyor, geomatics surveyor

    Land surveyors measure the shape of the land, and gather data for civil engineering and construction projects.

  • Marine engineer

    Marine engineers design, build and repair boats, ships, submarines, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.

  • Market research data analyst

    Data analyst, research analyst, market intelligence analyst, statistician, data insight professional

    Market research data analysts study statistics and information collected through surveys.

  • Market researcher

    Market research interviewer, market research assistant

    Market research interviewers find out what people think about products, services or issues.

  • Materials engineer

    Materials scientist

    Materials engineers study how materials behave under different conditions and discover ways to improve their performance or put them to new uses.

  • Materials technician

    Materials technicians test how materials behave under different conditions to help develop new products and improve existing ones.

  • Medical physicist

    Clinical scientist, healthcare scientist

    Medical physicists design, develop and test the scanning and imaging equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

  • Meteorologist

    Weather forecaster, weather scientist

    Meteorologists collect and study data from the atmosphere and oceans to make weather forecasts and carry out research.

  • Metrologist

    Metrology technician, measurement and control engineer

    Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.

  • Microbiologist

    Microbiologists study organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae to make advances in environmental science, medicine and agriculture.

  • Nanotechnologist

    Nanotechnologists manipulate molecules and atoms to design and create new materials and devices.

  • Nuclear engineer

    Nuclear engineers design and build technology used in areas like power generation, healthcare and defence.

  • Oceanographer

    Marine scientist

    Oceanographers study seas and currents, marine plants and animals, and the rocks and minerals that lie beneath the sea bed.

  • Operational researcher

    Management scientist

    Operational researchers analyse problems and find ways to help organisations make better decisions and improve the way they work.

  • Palaeontologist

    Palaeontologists study the history of life on Earth through fossils.

  • Pathologist

    Pathologists work in hospitals and laboratories on different areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Performance sports scientist

    Sports and exercise scientist, Sports performance analyst, Sports physiologist

    Sports scientists use knowledge of how the body works to help people improve their health or sporting ability.

  • Pet behaviour consultant

    Pet behaviour counsellor

    Pet behaviour consultants help pet owners deal with animal behaviour problems.

  • Pharmacologist

    Pharmacologists study the effects of drugs and chemicals on living things, and develop new products to help tackle disease.

  • Physicist

    Physicists study the behaviour of matter and energy and construct theories to explain how everything fits together.

  • Proofreader

    Proofreaders check text before it's printed or published to make sure it's correct and complete.

  • Psychiatrist

    Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems.

  • Psychologist

    Chartered psychologist

    Psychologists apply the scientific study of the mind and behaviour to solving real life problems.

  • Quarry engineer

    Mining engineer

    Quarry engineers explore new sites, oversee extraction operations and manage sites at the end of their commercial life.

  • Research scientist

    Research scientists plan and lead experiments and investigations on a range of scientific topics.

  • Robotics engineer

    Automation engineer

    Robotics engineers design and build machines to do automated jobs in industries like manufacturing, aerospace and medicine.

  • Scenes of crime officer

    SOCO, crime scene investigator, CSI officer

    Scenes of crime officers (SOCOs) find, record and recover evidence from crime scenes.

  • Seismologist


    Seismologists study shock waves created by earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. They also work in oil, gas and minerals exploration.

  • Sport and exercise psychologist

    Sport and exercise psychologists work with athletes, teams and coaches to improve their motivation and performance.

  • Technical brewer

    Technical brewers are in charge of beer making processes, quality control and packaging.

  • Textile dyeing technician

    Dyer, colour technologist

    Textile dyeing technicians create dyes to colour fibres and fabrics.

  • Vet

    Veterinary surgeon, veterinarian

    Vets diagnose and treat sick or injured animals.

  • Zoologist

    Field biologist, wildlife biologist, conservation biologist

    Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.