If you love the research elements of your course, you might be thinking you’d like a graduate jobs which revolves around research. To many that means academia, but you might be surprised which other sectors offer work in research.
Only a relatively small number of graduates will become academics or university-based researchers, many more will go into research roles in other industries and sectors or even set up their own business. Here’s a few areas to consider…
- Social research
- Political research – lobby groups, political parties, government
- Market research
- Scientific research and development – health sector, medical and pharmaceutical companies
- Think tanks and consultancies
- Public sector and voluntary sector
- Journalism, writing and broadcasting
- Archive and other information services.
Knowledge and skills
Regardless of which sector you may work in as a researcher, there are some common skills required, such as:
- Typically need a postgraduate qualification and many researchers have a PhD
- Strong communication skills
- Organisational skills
- Time management
- Ability to work on own or within a team
- Perseverance and resilience
- Analytical skills
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Project management.
Find out more with the help of the following information resources.
- Careers‘ web pages for postgraduate researchers
- Prospects – types of jobs
- Vitae website – information about academic and non-academic careers
- “11 alternative careers for PhD students”, an American writer’s blog post with a good summary of different sectors and industries with research roles
- Reference books in Careers.
Working in research event – Thursday 28 April, from 6.15pm in Physics/Exhibition Centre. Come and meet researchers from a range of sectors and find out what a career in research is really like!