How to become a science apprentice: Georgia's story

Meet Georgia, 21, a science apprentice for MedImmune. She helps develop medicines. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I was always completely fascinated by science because it was something I could relate to.

  • Georgia enjoyed Science at school because of its relevance to people and the environment
  • She has a hands-on role in a lab as part of the pathology team. Pathology is the science of the causes and effects of diseases
  • Georgia's lab is part of a large pharmaceutical company which specialises in developing new medicines to cure and treat diseases.

Georgia's career path

What to expect if you want to be a research scientist

Georgia’s apprenticeship will give her the skills to pursue a career as a research scientist – they carry out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge in areas like medicine.

  • Research scientist salary: £14,000 to £60,000 per year
  • Research scientist working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a research scientist?

  • Typical entry requirements: As well as spending time working on experiments in labs, research scientists write research proposals and apply for funding so they can keep their projects going. You will therefore need excellent written communications skills. You can find out more about a career in scientific research through the Science Council.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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