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Science Based Careers Pharmacologist Food or Textile Technologist and Audiologist

science based careersScience Based Careers Are Rich And Rewarding. Let’s Take A Look At Four Of Them- Pharmacologist Food or Textile Technologist and Audiologist.


Pharmacology is the science of drugs. Pharmacologists look at how drugs interact with biological systems, like the nervous system by conducting experiments. They do this so that we understand the side effects of taking medicines, how they work and whether they are safe to use.

Research pharmacologists work on research projects in universities, government laboratories, for charities, within the NHS on clinical trials and for large pharmaceutical companies. Clinical pharmacists work directly with patients in hospitals and advise others in emergency situations.

Studying pharmacology doesn’t always mean working in a laboratory. You could apply your knowledge as an adviser on medical TV shows, teach or become an expert witness.

How do you get a job as a pharmacologist?

You’ll need to get a very good science degree (chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry, pharmacology etc.) and will probably want to complete a master’s degree and PhD too.

Other skills that you will need to develop are:

  • Good data interpretation and IT skills
  • Communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills

You can find out lots more about pharmacology at the British Pharmacological Society website –

Food technologist

Food science combines chemistry, biology and engineering to study the nature of foods and what happens when foods are stored or processed.

Food technologists do things like select raw ingredients for use in products, blend ingredients, develop new food and drink products and modify existing ones. Food technologists have an important role to play in food and drink manufacturing and can work in the retail or public sector.

Other tasks undertaken can include checking safety and quality control procedures, researching market trends and new technologies and preparing costings.

How do you get a job as a food technologist?

To get into this career you will need to study for an HND, foundation or undergraduate degree in a subject such as food science or food technology. There are apprenticeship options for food technology too, some of which include study for a foundation degree.

Other skills that you will need to develop are:

  • Attention to detail
  • Good understanding of hygiene standards
  • Written and verbal communication skills


Audiology is the scientific study of hearing. There are a variety of roles, including newborn hearing screener and clinical audiologist which can be entered at different educational levels, from GCSE to degree level.

Audiologists work with children and adults who are suffering hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. They will check hearing, assess and diagnose patients and decide how best to treat them.

Working in ear, nose and throat clinics and audiology departments the work of an audiologist includes fitting hearing aids, teaching people how to use these, counselling people and helping them adjust to hearing loss.

How do you get a job as an audiologist?

After A-levels you could enter the 3-year NHS Practitioner Training Programme by taking an accepted degree in healthcare science. You will need to register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Other skills that you will need to develop are:

  • A caring and support attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Manual dexterity

Textile technologist

Textiles is all about fabric and cloth and textile technologists design, develop and produce new fibres and fabrics. Working in the manufacturing and production industry they work with both man-made and natural fibres.

Working with designers, textile technicians will discover ways to improve fabrics by developing new fibres, testing the quality and properties of textiles and experimenting with the dyeing and production processes.

The working environment can vary, from office-based to laboratory or factory settings depending on whether you work in production, quality control, sourcing and research and development. The role can involve travel to meet with clients and suppliers.

How do you get a job as a textile technologist?

Ideally you will need to gain an HND or a degree in a subject such as textile science, manufacturing engineering, physics or maths. The apprenticeship route is an option too with apprenticeships in fashion and textiles available UK-wide.

Other skills that you will need to develop are:

  • IT skills
  • Strong practical skills
  • Organizational skills

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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