Science is a major employment sector in the UK. More than 5.8 million people work in science-related positions and the industry is responsible for employing about one-fifth of the UK's total workforce.
Jobs in the field include roles in product development, production, research, sales, and marketing. In the area of life sciences alone, there are nearly 120,000 employees, and the specialisation generates more than £30 billion annually.
In some positions, jobs depend largely upon grants and contract renewals, and can therefore be somewhat unstable for long-term employment prospects. But because most in the field are highly trained and technically educated, few have difficulty obtaining new posts when funding dries up.