Job of the Week – Biological scientists and biochemists

Hopefully you’ve noticed the Job of the Week careers videos that have been going out over the last couple of Fridays. The videos work exactly the same as these posts bringing you all the latest information on occupations in the Sheffield City Region to help you decide whether it may be the right career path for you, or not for that matter.

We’ve got another couple of great ones to bring you over the next few weeks (eyes peeled) but we’re back to this article arming you with the latest and most up to date information for Biological scientists and biochemists in Sheffield!

As you can see in the table below, there are currently 1,641 Biological scientists and biochemists employed in the Sheffield City Region.

Jobs (2016) % Change (2016-2021) Median Earnings
1,641 7.1% £17.98 per hour

For those of you who fancy a career as a Biological scientists and biochemists there is no need to worry as over the next 5 years there will be 116 new jobs created in the Sheffield City Region – that’s not even to mention that some of the current workforce will also need replacing. That’s an increase of 7.1% in jobs!

In the Sheffield City Region average earnings for Biological scientists and biochemists is £17.98 per hour. Starting salaries for Biological scientists and biochemists vary massively.

As a Postdoctoral researcher or research fellow, you may earn from £29,000 to £36,000 a year. However, a research scientist in industry could earn from £23,000 to £42,000 a year.

As a Biologist you could also venture into the job roles of University Lecturer or as a professor/senior staff member in research institutions and industry. A University Lecturer may earn around £36,000 a year. Where Professors and senior staff in research institutions and industry could earn up to £60,000 or more.

Sounding good this!

If you choose to go do the Biochemist route then as a trainee clinical biochemist on the NHS Scientist Training Programme your salary would be around £25,000 a year. Or as a qualified clinical biochemist in the NHS, you would start at Band 6 earning between £26,041 and £34,876. With experience you could apply for jobs at Band 7 and earn up to £40,964.

Good money to earn as a Scientitst!

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Region 2016 Jobs 2021 Jobs % Change
Sheffield City Region 1,641 1,757 7.8%
Nation 69,602 72,673 4.4%

There’s a column in that table. The one on the right. The end one. Seen it? Check the numbers. Check them again. Right, that’s the growth of new jobs. In the Sheffield City Region we have a growth of 7.8% which is 3.4% higher than the job growth nationally. Good, that!

Right, so there’s all the statistics that you need, but what skills will you need to succeed? Well…

You will need:

To become a biologist, you will need to have:

  • a high level of skill and ability in science practical scientific skills
  • an enquiring mind
  • the ability to think clearly and logically
  • good problem-solving skills
  • a methodical approach to work
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • good teamworking skills
  • the ability to manage and develop a team
  • excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • the ability to keep up to date with advances in your field
  • an understanding of statistics and relevant computer packages

So if you fancy a career in Biology, and are suitable convinced that it’s for you, here at The Sheffield College we offer Biology at both our Hillsborough and Peaks campuses. Take a look at the courses today 


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