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I am currently doing A-levels: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology.
I have no predicted grades at the moment (tests on March) however currently I am on ABB

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How quickly are you expecting to earn 50K? On leaving school? Straight after a degree? at 30?
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Research scientists that have been in the sector for awhile tend to earn about that much. unless you apply for a big paying position which is harder to find and usually more competitive.
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It’s mainly the high risk ones that pay that sort of wage. However as a graduate of a bachelor i’m pretty sure you wouldn’t get that salary just as a graduate

- chemical engineer
- nuclear engineer
- aerospace engineer
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How quickly are you expecting to earn 50K? On leaving school? Straight after a degree? at 30?
I have no idea as I have only had little experience in the working world as an AS student that is confused as to what career I should take

I mean, heck yeah i'd prefer straight after a degree haha but I doubt anything offers that.
By 30? If realistic, than definitely!
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(Original post by AlwaysBroke.)
Hi guys,
I am currently doing A-levels: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology.
I have no predicted grades at the moment (tests on March) however currently I am on ABB

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Medicine is the one that comes to mind with those a levels
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It’s mainly the high risk ones that pay that sort of wage. However as a graduate of a bachelor i’m pretty sure you wouldn’t get that salary just as a graduate

- chemical engineer
- nuclear engineer
- aerospace engineer
I have read that Maths and Physics are required in order to get into courses that lead onto such jobs? I have neither, are there other ways to get in? I wouldn't like to spend no more than 5 years max in uni and thats pushing it
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Medicine is the one that comes to mind with those a levels
Medicine and Dentistry are the two jobs that have been thrown at me from freinds, family and teachers etc.

Apart from becoming a GP, Medicine for me is out of the question as I couldn't deal with unsocial hours and dead bodies.

Dentistry has been pushing me away as I have read online, looked at some videos and researched the positives and negatives; furthermore I simply have no passion for either of the two. With Dentistry however, It's slightly appealing as I am interested in a "hands-on" job requiring manual dexterity, but the bucket loads of stress, guaranteed permanent back pain and highly competitiveness pushes me away. I can see why it pays so highly though-those with the balls to apply and succeed imo, deserve the pay. (NOTE: I have yet to gain some dental work experience which I plan to get after May Mocks, however i fear this may be too late as other students have had bucket loads of experience on their belt already)

This is the reason why I'm looking for a job that pays £50k in science. I honestly can't find any, and if there is any, it requires high profession tiers (basically managers), or jobs at high value companies. I feel like regretting taking science subjects but I honestly have a passion for it.
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Petroleum engineering starts graduates of at about £40k, can work up to about £100k. Depends if you consider that science/don't mind working offshore at times.
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...Apart from becoming a GP, Medicine for me is out of the question as I couldn't deal with unsocial hours and dead bodies...
You do realise that many medical specialties do not involve on-call or "dead bodies" right?

Sometimes even GPs have to verify deaths (at people's home) so they actually may come across these.

If you are thinking about medicine (note that a prediction of ABB will get you rejected pre-interview, you'll need AAA or better predictions at most med schools bar certain private / EPQ circumstances) then I suggest you research on what specialties the career can offer you. There are a lot of varieties, https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp.../roles-doctors would be a good start.

On the flip-side, you'd be on £50k around 3-4 years after graduation (this is with on-call supplements though). A bog-standard new consultant on the NHS will earn (currently) £77,913 / year. Assuming that you entered med school at 18 years old, then had no delay in training, the youngest you could be a consultant would be around 32 years old.
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Petroleum engineering starts graduates of at about £40k, can work up to about £100k. Depends if you consider that science/don't mind working offshore at times.
Oh **** starts at 40k?? What?! Wow bro, I'll look into it that's crazy!

By offshore I assume going to different countries or just like round U.K?

Oh man travelling around the world and making money sounds like a dream, but I'm bracing myself to get disappointing as labour for the businessman is a cover up for slavery.. Either way, yeah, I think i'll look into it, probably will ask some more.
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Oh **** starts at 40k?? What?! Wow bro, I'll look into it that's crazy!

By offshore I assume going to different countries or just like round U.K?

Oh man travelling around the world and making money sounds like a dream, but I'm bracing myself to get disappointing as labour for the businessman is a cover up for slavery.. Either way, yeah, I think i'll look into it, probably will ask some more
https://www.payscale.com/research/UK...8a/Entry-Level

With your A-Levels I think your best shot is a degree in Chemistry, without doing maths your options are limited in terms of engineering. The only alternatives would be to try and take a Maths AS/Core Maths and attempt to go for Chemical Engineering which will make you more competitive for the field.

Offshore really can be anywhere where there is a drilling operation, sometimes it may be close to home - e.g. The North Sea, but equally it could be on the other side of the world.
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Pharmacy from my research (aka just going on indeed and typing it in). It may take years and experience tho
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You do realise that many medical specialties do not involve on-call or "dead bodies" right?

Sometimes even GPs have to verify deaths (at people's home) so they actually may come across these.

If you are thinking about medicine (note that a prediction of ABB will get you rejected pre-interview, you'll need AAA or better predictions at most med schools bar certain private / EPQ circumstances) then I suggest you research on what specialties the career can offer you. There are a lot of varieties, https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp.../roles-doctors would be a good start.

On the flip-side, you'd be on £50k around 3-4 years after graduation (this is with on-call supplements though). A bog-standard new consultant on the NHS will earn (currently) £77,913 / year. Assuming that you entered med school at 18 years old, then had no delay in training, the youngest you could be a consultant would be around 32 years old.
Hi, thanks for the link, did look up some specialities!
I didn't know psychiatry came under Medicine (thought it would be psychology or something haha), and watching the videos and researching a bit, it seems quite appealing to me. I just wrote a block about why I found it appealing but I don't want you reading a random CV of this 17 year old that hasn't quite been introduced to the 'real' world yet!

Life story/my plans...very random O_o
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<div>Honestly as I have said before, Medicine and Dentistry have always been quite appealing to me, but i'm not sure if I can get into it due to my lack of knowledge, GCSE grades and lack of work experience (still haven't done anything presently; parents want me to start after May holidays but idk if this is too late compared to my peers who started from GCSE hols!).</div><div><br></div><div>I think i'll give it a shot-I have nothing to lose. After May, i'l settle on the career path that I want (after a heck ton of further research and asking around) and see what happens. If i'm a reject, that's fine, if I'm passionate for it I can Bio-med then get in or do the gap year, and if not...well that's what this threads for!</div>
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I'd be very happy to help if you do decide to consider Medicine. However I personally have some real life stuff going on meaning I haven't got too much time for TSR / additional stuff. Happy to help you / read your CV etc. later on this year.

In the meantime, here are more information:
https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf
https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/career...oming-a-doctor

Get some work experience before you decide, it will be really important if you do decide to apply anyway.

Feel free to pop over to our Medicine forum too: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=195

Whatever you decide to do :goodluck:
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Pharmacy from my research (aka just going on indeed and typing it in). It may take years and experience tho
Ahh idk man same I have done quite a bit of research myself, but I have been looking at what current Pharmacists and old timers are saying;

Generally its "don't do it"

Community Pharmacy Pay is apparently £36K moving to £40k <------- I have been told that retail pharmacy is hell and just not worth it for the unsociable hours put in compared to pay received
Hospital Pay has quite a high starting pay but apprently there is no real progression
Pharmacy with a top company with high profession roles e.g. manager will net you a clean £50k + however it's hard to get this salary

Furthermore I have been told the job markets getting saturated and pharmacist technicians or whatever there called are replacing pharmacist jobs. I wouldn't mind going into pharmacy as it's doable for a guy like me to get into and it provides a set somewhat security for cash, but everything so uncertain.

Opening a pharmacy would be pretty cool. I expect it costs loads though and due to competition with big retail, I doubt small pharmacies could survive long.
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Ahh idk man same I have done quite a bit of research myself, but I have been looking at what current Pharmacists and old timers are saying;

Generally its "don't do it"

Community Pharmacy Pay is apparently £36K moving to £40k <------- I have been told that retail pharmacy is hell and just not worth it for the unsociable hours put in compared to pay received
Hospital Pay has quite a high starting pay but apprently there is no real progression
Pharmacy with a top company with high profession roles e.g. manager will net you a clean £50k + however it's hard to get this salary

Furthermore I have been told the job markets getting saturated and pharmacist technicians or whatever there called are replacing pharmacist jobs. I wouldn't mind going into pharmacy as it's doable for a guy like me to get into and it provides a set somewhat security for cash, but everything so uncertain.

Opening a pharmacy would be pretty cool. I expect it costs loads though and due to competition with big retail, I doubt small pharmacies could survive long.
Well you only have engineering and medicine left then really
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If you call Data Science a science

The truth is you could do the hard subjects: Physics, Maths, Chemistry and such and still be on the 27k starting -> 40k with years of experience. It's basically the standard situation xD. The only outliers which are science related are Biology (since medicine), Computer Science (since tech and the internet) and Engineering. Basically, you have to be a beast to get a high salary from a hard science subject, it's in no way guaranteed.
Data Science and Machine Learning are nice little cross-sections right now though, which the Physics, Maths/Stats and Computer Science peps may use to make some comparative bank (usually means working in the finance or app sectors).
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