Occupation | Weston College

Natural or social science professional n.e.c.

Jobholders in this unit group perform a variety of scientific research and related activities not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 211: Natural and Social Science Professionals.


  • Plans, directs and undertakes research into natural phenomena.
  • Provides technical advisory and consulting services.
  • Designs tests and experiments to address research objective and find solutions.
  • Applies models and techniques to medical, industrial, agricultural, military and similar applications.
  • Analyses results and writes up results of tests and experiments undertaken.
  • Presents results of scientific research to sponsors, addresses conferences and publishes articles outlining the methodology and results of research undertaken.
  • Designs and develops an appropriate research methodology in order to address the research objective.
  • Compiles and analyses quantitative and qualitative data, prepares reports and presents results to summarise main findings and conclusions.
  • Advises government, private organisations and special interest groups on policy issues.
  • Writes journal articles, books, and addresses conferences, seminars and the media to reveal research findings.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

Entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification but is possible with other academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. On-the-job training and/or support for postgraduate study may be provided. Professional qualifications are available in some areas of activity.

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 7% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for natural or social science professional n.e.c. is £32,000

1,114 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,114. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

195 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 195 jobs have been posted for natural or social science professional n.e.c. roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £32,000 per year. That is about £2,667 per month or £16.41 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,826, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £49,394

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,114 people are employed in the region.

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