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SKILLS NEEDED FOR A RANGE OF SCIENCE CAREERS
Whilst not comprehensive, the following list of skills may give you an idea of the skill sets interviewers may be looking for, for different science jobs,
* Academic and Industrial Research. Academic, problem solving, analytical, attention to detail, practical skills. Research scientists must be able to ANALYSE the results of experiments and be competent in WRITING reports about the procedures they have used and the results obtained. They usually work in teams and therefore need to CO-OPERATE with other people. On occasions they have to GIVE PRESENTATIONS to groups of people and as they progress within a company, they may have to LEAD a team and PLAN their schedule of work over a given period of time.
* Development. As above + commercial awareness, ability to compromise, liaison skills
* Production. Management skills, able to work under pressure.
* Scientific Support. Attention to detail, analytical, problem solving
* Regulatory Affairs. Liaison, attention to detail, writing, keeping up with legislation
* Patent Work. Writing clearly and unambiguously, attention to detail, languages
* Teaching. Communication, organisation and planning
* Information Science. Organisation skills
* Technical sales, marketing, purchasing. Negotiating, persuading, business awareness, people skills
* Scientific Consultancy. Analytical, problem-solving, attention to detail, commercial awareness, oral and written communication
* Technical Writing and Journalism. Ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms
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