So, what can I do with my STEM degree?
Research scientists design and undertake laboratory-based experiments in order to collect evidence.
They have the option to work in many different areas of science, like medical research, pharmacology or stem cell research, and tend to have an even more focused area of specialism within one of these fields – so a passion for science is essential.
Research Scientists also record and analyse data, so they need to be great with numbers – ideal for a graduate with a Science-based degree. Check out our jobs in science for more info!
Science / Medical Copywriter
A very different way to utilise a STEM degree, a job as a science or medical copywriter would be ideal for someone looking to use their Science degree outside of the lab.
They research and write material for businesses, journals and the media, taking complex scientific information and transforming it into articulate and engaging content.
Because of the level of scientific knowledge required, a job as a Science or Medical copywriter would be perfect for a graduate with a Science degree (and a creative flair!)
An obvious choice for a STEM graduate, Software Engineers are needed to create, maintain and improve operating systems and software, as well as write and test code.
Working to resolve complex problems, software engineers often specialise in one or a few areas of development, like networks, systems, databases or applications, so a highly technical degree in something like Computer Science will almost always be required.
A more unusual way to put your tech degree to use, an SEO specialist works to identify strategies and techniques that will obtain the highest rankings on a search results page.
Their goal is to increase the level of traffic to a website, by understanding a company’s goals and target audience and putting in place viable strategies to achieve the best results.
For more roles in search engine optimisation, check out our graduate marketing jobs.
Chemical Engineers are responsible for the processes and machinery used to transform raw materials into products like food, oil and gas – so they develop simulation software, test new processes and collect data in order to make improvements.
Although a Chemical Engineering degree accredited by the IChemE is often the path to becoming a chemical engineer, a STEM degree – especially a degree in biomedical sciences, chemistry or biotechnology – can also land you a highly rewarding graduate job in engineering.
Check out our graduate IT, software and engineering jobs in London and across the UK.
An Engineering degree teaches skills like attention to detail, the ability to manage expectations, as well as balance quality and speed – all skills which can be utilised in other roles.
A project manager, for example, is responsible for planning and coordinating projects on-time and within budget, ensuring that resources are used efficiently and that quality standards are met.
A job role that requires such meticulous planning and a thorough understanding of cost, quality and speed would be ideal for a graduate with a detail-oriented degree like Engineering.
A data analyst sets up and maintains automated data processes, uses business analytics reporting tools, and gathers and evaluates big data.
As the job role requires excellent numerical and analytical skills and the ability to produce graphs and data visualisations, a job as a Data Analyst would be ideal for a graduate with a Maths degree.
Take a look at our energy analyst jobs and data roles.
A degree in Maths teaches highly transferrable skills such as investigative, analytical and IT skills, which can be utilised in many different kinds of roles.
A market researcher’s job is to collate and analyse data and information, assess future trends, and coordinate research projects, so the kinds of skills taught in a Maths degree would make them the ideal candidate for the job.
STEM degrees teach highly transferrable skills which will open up the door to many different graduate job opportunities – so whether you’re a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths graduate, you’ll have the scope to work in a range of rewarding, stimulating and very different graduate jobs.
And best of all?
Continuous advances in technology and scientific research mean that you might not even know what is around the corner for your STEM career – in fact, your dream job might not even exist yet.
Take a look at our recent blog post: graduate women in tech inspiring careers in STEM.