Natural and Social Science Professionals

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of scientific research and related activities.


New workers

New workers start around £23,936. Normal pay is £38,249 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £64,523.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,968 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Writes journal articles, books, and addresses conferences, seminars and the media to reveal research findings.

  • Advises government, private organisations and special interest groups on policy issues.

  • Compiles and analyses quantitative and qualitative data, prepares reports and presents results to summarise main findings and conclusions.

  • Designs and develops an appropriate research methodology in order to address the research objective.

  • Presents results of scientific research to sponsors, addresses conferences and publishes articles outlining the methodology and results of research undertaken.

  • Analyses results and writes up results of tests and experiments undertaken.

  • Applies models and techniques to medical, industrial, agricultural, military and similar applications.

  • Designs tests and experiments to address research objective and find solutions.

  • Provides technical advisory and consulting services.

  • Plans, directs and undertakes research into natural phenomena.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Project Management

  • Ecology

  • Environmental Consulting

  • Environmental Resource Management

  • Environmental Science

  • Environmental Impact Assessments

  • Environmental Laws

  • Auditing

  • Risk Analysis

  • Business Development

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Planning

  • Report Writing

  • Mentorship

  • Investigation

  • Coordinating

  • Research

  • Self-Motivation

  • Verbal Communication Skills

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.