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Life science careers by Mind Map: Life science careers
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Life science careers

Healthcare management

NHS management roles

The NHS offers graduate training schemes in several disciplines: general management, finance, HR and informatics. Approx. 240 recruits per year. More information at:  

Healthcare consultancy

Communicating science

science journalism

medical writing

Downloadable pdfs on careers in medical writing available from: 

science press work


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Public engagement activities

Scientific research

Drug discovery research


Healthcare Science

Lab diagnostic work

Pharmaceutical industry

R&D roles

Commercial roles

Regulatory Affairs


Health Economics

Quality Assurance & Control

Science policy

Public Affairs

Science policy formation

For more information see the handout 'Working in Science Policy'. There are numerous policy focussed organisations including: Government Office for Science: Newton's Apple: a science policy think tank: Wellcome trust Strategic Planning & Policy Unit: Bio-Centre: Royal Society:  

Patient-based healthcare roles



Allied health professions

Nursing & Midwifery

Clinical Support Roles

There is a wide range of clinical support roles within the NHS across a variety of disciplines. Role descriptions can be found on the NHS Careers Website: 

Physician Assistant

Mental Health

MIND produce a factsheet on career opportunities in mental health.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Research Associate

Clinical Data Management

Contract Research Organisations

Careers outside science

For information on a range of graduate careers across different sectors go to the Prospects site:

Using analytical skills

Using problem solving skills

Using personal skills/strengths

Using graduate level research/study skills

Scientific Analysis

Forensic science

Commercialisation of science

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Patent Work & Intellectual Property

Inside Careers produces a guide to careers in patent work:  Also see the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys: 

Scientific/IP Law

Business start-ups & consultancy

Public Health

Key website for information on careers in public health: PHORCaST - Public Health Online Resource for Careers, Skills & Training:

Health Protection

Health Improvement

Public Health Intelligence

Health Strategy & Policy

International Public Health