This section describes careers in the life sciences industry, including Pharmaceutical, Medical Biotechnology, Medical Technology, and Industrial Biotechnology. As well as medical testing and other healthcare related science jobs
Healthcare Science can often involve working in laboratories and with patients, and can also involve the maintenence on scientific equipment
The Pharmaceutical Industry hires people with scientific skills to help design, manufacture and supply drugs, and even to help sell them
Biotechnology involves making a micro-organism capable of producing desirable biochemicals not available via chemical synthesis, this can be in the medical field or in other industries
West Sussex is currently home to over 65 medical technologies and pharmaceutical companies, with a mix of multinationals, SMEs and start-ups.
Estimated number of people employed in this sector in the UK
Annual turnover of the UK pharmaceutical sector
Fewer people were employed in this sector in 2012 than 2011
Source: BIS Annual Report 2012
Many scientists work in healthcare, either producing drugs for pharmaceutical companies, or running medical tests
There are many specialisms in research, as can be seen from the list of training courses available in the NHS scientist training programme
Scientific skills can have applications outside of research and manufacturing.
These jobs involve applying scientific knowledge in non-laboratory settings