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The R&D sector spans many companies who are focusing on improvement and development in a range of both niche and broad fields. A role in such a sector allows graduate engineers and scientists to apply their knowledge and skill-set to create an innovative push on their scientific approach. Read on for more information about pursuing a research graduate career.

Average Research Graduate Salary

Research Graduate Career Path

With Research and Development Graduates can choose to join a business in a specific role or they can join a more general Graduate scheme, both options allowing for individuals to further their technical aptitude as well as gain professional communication and presentation skills in support of relevant activities.

Typically, graduates will start working on a project whilst receiving on-the-job training from more experienced engineers and scientists also employed by the company.

There is also the option of movement within the industry to focus on more commercial roles or to become project managers.

There are many research graduate career highlights, such as:

  • Working on intellectually stimulating projects
  • Pushing forward new areas of technological development
  • Being a part of scientific breakthroughs
  • Potential to work worldwide

Qualifications and Skills Needed

What proportion of candidates as a percent we place into Research graduate careers and the typical qualities graduate employers look for.

GRB Placements for Research by Degree

Typical Candidate Attributes

You will need a technical degree in a field related to the area of research in which you want to work. A high level of academic ability is often a necessity. Additionally, some positions require a masters or even a doctorate.

Graduates are advised to have a firm grip on all the basic principles of their discipline, as well as an understanding of the commercial drives in order to progress and develop. Maths, Physics and Computing degrees are seen as having an advantage over others disciplines.

Another important skill is being able to learn and use your initiative. Responsibility lies in the hands of the individual and it is up to them to comprehend and define the basic concepts of a problem, in order to solve and improve it.

Sources for Further Information:

Research and Development Institute:
The Research and Development Society: