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    Hi everyone,

    I have recently started A-levels and my predicted grades are:

    Psychology-A (Dropping at AS)

    Whilst I know I want a career linked to Chemistry/Biology related subjects I am
    unsure what I want to specialise in as there is too much choice. If anyone has any
    experience in any of these areas and knows about what types of jobs it can lead to as well as employability, any information would be appreciated!

    The list of degrees I am intersted in are:

    Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Sciences Cancer Biology and Immunology Cellular and Molecular Medicine Dentistry Neuroscience Pharmacology Veterinary Science Virology and Immunology Zoology Medicine Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Natural Sciences Biological Sciences Chemistry Medical Pharmacology Optometry Pharmaceutical Studies Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Evolutionary Biology Medical Sciences Biotechnology Medical Biosciences Microbiology Petroleum Geoscience Hearing Science
    Marine Biology



    Go through each one and work out which ones interest you the most. No one can do that for you. All of them are similar in terms of employability and job prospects. If you're unsure of where your interests lie pick something broad like biology, biochem or mol biol.

    Questions to ask yourself:
    Do I want to be stuck inside a lab or be outside?
    How much fieldwork do I want to do?
    How much extreme weather can I put up with?
    Do I want to work in remote locations?
    Do I want to do research for a career?
    Do I want to spend hours staring down a microscope?
    Do I want my days to be repetitive or variable?

    Think about which subject you enjoy the most.

    For me I'm doing Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and I did Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-Level. My aim is to be a wildlife guide for whale-watching companies. I've done some volunteering with a whale-watching company and whale-watch camp and it's an incredible job! You get to be outside, surrounded by nature and watch whales and dolphins! You talk to people about the animals and educate them on environmental issues. This job doesn't pay well but it gives a wealth of experiences. This job can involve collecting data that is then submitted to cetacean researchers. I'm afraid this is where cetacean researchers get most of their data from - field work is expensive and so can't spend a lot of time in the field. So if you want to spend a lot of time in the field with animals, looking into guiding. I have seen some incredible things.

    Ecology can also lead to jobs such as surveying - providing you can ID insects, etc you are set - you are paid a lot of money to ID plants/animals and assess the site. I think surveyers get paid £500 a day. You can go into zoo work with an Ecology degree, Environmental education or work as a ranger. Ranger is a very popular career choice for Ecologists.
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