Use your subject


Think about what 'using your subject' means to you and what you're really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it's a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for ScHARR graduates on Prospects but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start-ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject.

Some career options

Our information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start to explore the following occupational areas. However you are not restricted to these and you should also consider any other additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Academic and research related roles

Research fellows and research assistants are employed in organisations such as universities, research institutions, think-tanks, local and national government. Research staff will undertake research relating to public health and epidemiology often involved in research to address specific public health issues.

The roles may also involve teaching and lecturing. In is usual to be employed on a fixed term contract lasting the duration of the research project.

Use our Occupations section Research careers for more information and links to useful websites.

Clinical trials coordinator / manager

For graduates with a first degree in a life sciences or health related subject, working within clinical trials is a viable career path.

Employed within the public and private sector working for organisations such as the NHS, universities, pharmaceutical sector and contract research organisations, a clinical trials coordinator/manager will undertake the project management and overall management responsibilities for a clinical trial.

Responsible for planning, co-ordinating and completing the project a clinical trials coordinator will have excellent communication and presentation skills, together with the ability to organise and motivate others.

Use our Occupations section Scientific research and development for more information and links to useful websites.

Health economist

A health economist will be involved in analysing the effects that lifestyle choices have on health and examining the costs and benefits of health care policies. Health Economists work in the public sector for government departments and the NHS, within private consultancies and within universities, research institutions and organisations such as think-tanks.

In the private sector a health economist may be employed by a pharmaceutical or biotech company to model and forecast or develop a strategic plan for a new product. A degree (first degree or masters) in health economics is required along with strong analytical skills.

Use our Occupations section Social research for more information and links to useful websites.


Assesses and delivers nutritional advice to a variety of audiences to improve health and well-being and to promote a healthy diet, including contributing to the production of healthy foodstuffs.

Employers include food manufacturers and retailers, nutrition research companies, hospitals and community healthcare providers, sports organisations, charities and local authorities. Some nutritionists are self-employed and provide nutritional and lifestyle advice to individual members of the public.

Use our Occupations section Allied health professionals for more information and links to useful websites.

Public health analyst

Working in public health intelligence you will be involved in analysing and interpreting statistics and data to inform public health policy and strategy - this could be at a local or national level depending on who you are working for.

Job titles vary greatly between different organisations however typical job titles include: cancer intelligence analyst, analyst (NHS), information officer (eg within directorate of NHS England), knowledge manager (charity), public health analyst (within Local Authority or NHS), healthcare analyst (private sector consultancy firm).

Use our Occupations section Public health for more information and links to useful websites.

Public health practitioner

Public health practitioners work to improve the public’s health and well being. They may work on the implementation of national public health campaigns or they may work on a local or community level working on public health issues related to a specific part of the community eg sexual health education with young people.

They may be employed in a variety of settings usually within the public sector. Job roles/titles vary however some job titles include: project support officer (within NHS), senior officer within public health function of local government, health and well-being education officer (within local government).

Employment within the charity and voluntary sector is a popular choice, with graduates undertaking roles such as well-being coordinator, education and well-being specialist, public health engagement officer.

Use our Occupations section Public health for more information and links to useful websites.