What Work Cambridgeshire and Rutland 2016 - Page 15

Information and guidance for young people aged 13-19 BIOTECH/LIFE SCIENCES This sector is driven by a growing and aging population, an increase in chronic (long term) diseases and the fact that people are living longer. It’s all about scientific discovery and advanced technology which makes for some very exciting and rewarding roles: imagine developing a drug to cure a disease or helping someone to live a more fulfilling life following an accident... you could make a real difference! What is happening? Skills & qualities • Sector is a key driver in the UK economy with thousands of new jobs to be created over the next few years. • Priority sector for Cambridgeshire with Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Biomedical Campus and Granta Park home to some of the world’s leading companies in the field. Useful subjects • Three main areas: pharmacology (drugs and chemistry), med tech (hi-tech equipment) and bio tech (microbiology). Pharma is the largest sub sector. • Food and energy security, healthy ageing and living with environmental change are important issues globally and researchers are needed to tackle these issues. Highly skilled jobs working in these areas can be found at the NRP. • Bioinformatics – connecting computing, biology and medicine – is one of the fastest growing areas of research and development. • Roles in demand include technician, intellectual property, microbiologist, antimicrobial resistance researcher. • Many companies are small businesses with clusters in cities across the UK. • Astra Zeneca is building the largest centre for cancer research in the world at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus; Babraham Campus is one of seven Research Councils developing the skills of scientists and doctors. On the web www.futuremorph.org www.rsb.org.uk www.microbiologysociety.org Retail jobs include... Local employers • Cancer Research UK • Takeda Cambridge • Medicom • Kymab • Pfizer • Horizon Discovery Group • Astra Zeneca • Abcam What could you earn?* Lab technician £21,900 Biological scientist £38,100 Research professional £39,400 Design and development engineer £38,500 Pharmacist £41,500 * Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2014. Average full-time (median) salary rounded to the nearest £100. Doesn’t include self employed 13