Top 10 Careers in the Legal Sector in 2014


Jobs in the legal sector are well sought after and require a lot of hard work and an investigative mind. They are also very wide ranging and it can be confusing trying to decide where to start. Here is Strike-Jobs guide to the Top 10 Careers in the Legal Sector in 2014.


  1. Bailiff.

Bailiffs are also known as Enforcement Officers or Agents. When a person is in debt and they cannot pay, a bailiff is sent to their home to remove and sell items in order to pay off the debts that they owe. There are two types of bailiffs, Court-appointed Officers and Certificated Bailiffs. Court-appointed Bailiffs work for the courts and Certificated Bailiffs work for firms and companies. This job is ideal for confident people who are able to deal with a range of people, often under stressful circumstances.


Qualifications Needed: A good understanding of the law is necessary, along with GCSE’s and a good background in dealing with the public in difficult situations. To become a Certified Bailiff you must have a Bailiff General Certificate, which can be applied for through your local court.

Average Salary: £18,000+ per year.

  1. Forensic Psychologist.

A Forensic Psychologist analyses criminal behaviour to try to explain why people commit crimes. They support offenders and help them make positive changes. The job includes supporting Police Officers through investigations, supporting Civil Justice Staff and treating patients.  Forensic Psychologists must be able to cope with extreme offenders with severe personality disorders.


Qualifications Needed: A British Psychological Society accredited degree in Psychology followed by a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Alternatively a Health and Care Professions Council approved programme of training leading to registration as a Forensic Psychologist.


Average Salary: £20,000+ per year.


  1. Probation Officer. 

A Probation Officer helps offenders who are serving the community through court orders. They ensure that the offender is rehabilitated after release. A Probation Officer needs to be friendly, confident, calm and fair. The job includes ensuring that the offender carries out community service, doesn’t reoffend and is aware of how their offences affect their victims.


Qualifications Needed: A degree in Community Justice and a Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practise are essential.


Average Salary: £28,000+ per year.


  1. Coroner.

A Coroner is an independent Judicial Officer who investigates the cause of death of those who died suddenly, under suspicious circumstances, or in Police custody. A Coroner is required to liaise with Doctors and Police and order port-mortem examinations, register deaths and write reports.


Qualifications Needed: A Coroner is highly skilled so this role is suited for someone who is already a qualified Barrister or Solicitor with at least five years experience. Typically, you would start out as a Deputy Coroner to begin with and work your way up to Coroner.


Average Salary: £83,000+ per year in a full time role.


  1. Court Usher. 

A Court Usher ensures that everyone is present and in attendance at the correct court case. They ensure that the court case runs smoothly by assisting people. An Usher prepares the courtroom, meet and greets visitors, calls defendants and witnesses into court and directs the taking of oaths.


Qualifications Needed: To be a Court Usher you must have great communication and people skills, alongside two GCSE’s. Experience dealing with the public in difficult circumstances is desired.


Average Salary: £14,000+ per year.


  1. Solicitor. 

This role is perfect for someone who enjoys studying law and would like to pursue a career in legal work. Solicitors advise their clients about the law and represent them in court. A Solicitor can work in a private practise dealing with family law and civil matters, a commercial practise dealing with companies and employment law or for a company or Crown Prosecution Service.


Qualifications Needed: There are a few ways to become a Solicitor. Firstly, complete a law degree and then undertake the Legal Practise Course. Alternatively, complete a degree followed by a Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practise Course.


Average Salary: £16,000+ per year.


  1. Private Investigator. 

A Private investigator checks information and carries out secret enquiries for their clients. Knowledge of law is essential and you must be happy to work independently. The role may include surveillance, tracing missing people and background checks.


Qualifications Needed: Experience in a security role, policing or enforcement is essential. Regulations are being brought in so that Private Investigators undergo training for the job.


Average Salary: Varies depending on hours, availability, skill and clients.


  1. Family Mediator. 

A Family Mediator mainly deals with conflict management. Family Mediators help divorcing couples to come to an agreement without going to court. The job includes meeting clients, holding meetings, discussing and listening, suggesting solutions, note taking and liaising with solicitors.


Qualifications Needed: Experience working with families is essential. Other experience in conflict management is desirable. A qualification in law is not always essential as training can be given in a volunteering role.


Average Salary: £20,000+ per year.


  1. Crown Prosecutor. 

A Crown Prosecutor ensures that people are brought to court for good reason. They examine criminal cases and decide whether there is enough evidence and public interest for a prosecution. They check facts and evidence, explain decisions to Lawyers, witnesses and Police, prepare and present the case in court, question the defendant and witness and sum up the case.

Qualifications Needed: To become a Crown Prosecutor you must already be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister and must have completed your Legal Practise Course or Bar Professional Training Course. You must also have had two years training or a 12 month pupillage.


Average Salary: £27,000+ per year.


  1. Barrister. 

Barristers give legal advice to Solicitors and other clients. They represent individuals and organisations in court and at tribunals. This job would suit someone who is confident, enjoys public speaking and able to handle a lot of confidential information.


Qualifications Needed: A degree is required to begin with. Either a law degree or any degree followed up with a postgraduate Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law.


Average Salary: £12,000+ per year.


Search and apply for jobs in the Legal sector, and start your dream job today!


Claire Coward | Journalist








Top 10 ways to get experience for work




It seems that every job requires you to have experience, and if you already have experience then it’s not enough.

For those out there who are coming up to the end of their time at University the world of work can be a daunting one. Especially as every job application now seems to have the word experience plastered all over it. Or even better, when you hear back from a company who tell you they won’t be employing you as they have had applications from people with more experience. And if you are looking to change jobs, it can be as difficult to find a job, especially if you don’t want to start at the bottom again and work your way up.

We have realised this is an issue so here is our solution:


  1. Get an internship  

Get an internship in the field that you wish to work in, ideally in the exact job role that you wish to work in.

An internship will allow you to perfect your skills in the industry and will get you used to what is required of you in the job. It may give you the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade and will look great on your CV.

The employer may be able to act as a reference in future or advise on current jobs openings.

This way you don’t have any gaps in your CV as you are working as an intern. Employers are always keen to see people who work for free as it shows an enthusiasm for the job.



  1. Work for a charity

Charity work can vary from volunteering in a shop to fundraising. Some of these jobs can come with a salary, but if you are volunteering you are working for free.

Working for a charity shows that you have interests, it shows that you are selfless, that you want to make a difference and that you care about certain causes. It gives an employer a better idea of the kind of person that you are. It shows that you are willing to give up your time to help those in need.

This is particularly good to do if it also helps you to develop your skills or learn new ones.



  1. Use social media and the internet to your advantage

Self-promote by using Twitter, LinkedIn and even your own blog to show case your skills.

If you don’t have an account on these social media pages then set one up. And definitely make sure you look into setting up a blog.

Get a Twitter account and begin to tweet your skills and interact with the company you want to work for. Start by sending the company ideas, post relevant news articles to them and anything else you can think of that might interest them.

Add the company directors and employees on LinkedIn, post interesting things to catch their eye, join their groups and be an integral part of discussions; be interesting.

On your blog you should write about the industry or job you wish to get into to show how much you know about it. Always bring something new to the discussion.



  1. Research how others got into the industry.

The likes of Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and Bill Gates are always happy to tell everyone how they started their businesses. The internet proves to be a gold mine for research. Have a read about how other people got into the kind of job you want, they might prove to have some new ideas that you haven’t thought of yet.



  1. Ask for advice from those in the industry.

If you have been turned down for a job why not contact the company and ask for some feedback? Be proactive. This will show that you are keen to improve and are serious about the job.

If you want to become a teacher for example then ask a teacher how they got their job or what schools look for in a new teacher.

These people are the best to ask because they are working in the industry and they know what is required of newcomers.

Who better to ask than someone who has been through the same thing?



  1. Identify your skills and how they are transferable.

This is particularly key if you are looking to change industry.

Any skill you have can be used in a different role, it’s usually just a case of knowing how to change it to your advantage.

Use these skills to your advantage, show an employer how you think differently because of these skills and how this makes you an asset to their company. They might not have realised that they needed a person with these skills in their company, but there you are!



  1. Perfect your CV 

Make sure your CV is a shining example of perfection.

Spending a good few hours working on your CV could make all the difference, after all it is the first thing an employer will see.

If a potential employer does not like your CV you might not get an interview or a second chance. If you know you are really great with interviews and give a great first impression face to face then your CV could be cutting you short before you get the opportunity to shine.

Try tweaking your CV yourself or ask friends and family, or teachers or class mates for help.

If you don’t want to ask for help there are plenty of templates and hints and tips online.



  1. Extra training?

If one qualification is holding you back then go out and get it. Sometimes we lose sight of the real goal and we get lazy. Don’t let this happen.

Getting an extra qualification doesn’t have to be hard work or time consuming, it’s all about the attitude you approach it with.

If you have a gap in your CV and an employer sees that you have gone back to education then this can only be seen as a positive thing; it shows that you are determined to pursue a certain career.



  1. Entry level jobs

If you are looking at a managerial position or something higher than entry level then maybe think of aiming lower.

As disappointing as it may seem it will show you are willing to work hard for your goal and you will be able to work your way up.



  1. Network

Get to know the important people in the company.

Usually you’ll have a friend of a friend who knows someone who works in the company that you want to be a part of. Get yourself invited to the staff parties as a plus one, or look out for fundraising days put on by the company.

Just turn up where you know they’ll be and introduce yourself. They’ll admire your tenacity.


Search and Apply for jobs on our website! 

Claire Coward Journalist







Top 10 Education Jobs



Not all jobs in the education sector are for teachers. If you have studied a specialist subject you could get a job in the education sector. Check Strike Jobs’ guide to the Top 10 Education Jobs!


  1. Nursery/pre-school teacher

Early years teachers work in nursery, preschool and reception classes.

This job focuses on the development of pupils’ basic skills including physical coordination, speech and communication, mathematical skills and creativity in a safe and nurturing environment.

Early years teaching includes lesson planning, working with other teachers and assistants and talking to parents.

The ideal candidate has good listening skills, is energetic, has a kind nature, is understanding and creative.

To work in this sector you must has a degree with a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with a specialism in early years education or undergo school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT).


  1. University/further education lecturer

A further education lecturer teaches students over the age of 16, so this can be in the setting of a college or university.

This job requires, patience, a sense of humour, motivation and enthusiasm.

On a day to day basis further education lecturers plan lessons and seminars, set and mark assignments, attend meetings with students and other tutors, act as a personal tutor and supervisor.

A minimum of a Level 3 (A level equivalent) qualification in the subject you wish to teach is essential. This must be along with a teaching qualification.


  1. Head teacher/principal

A head teacher should be committed, have great leadership and management skills, be organised and love a challenge.

A head teacher will have already worked within their school as a teacher for a few years with a strong track record. After this time a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) can be applied for.

This is a challenging role but allows great progress. You will be in charge of the overall management of the school.


  1. Private tutor

The role of a private tutor is ideal for someone will their full teaching qualifications such as postgraduate students and lecturers.

Private tutors must be motivated as they are working for themselves. They must also possess great inter personal skills as you will be self-promoting and encouraging students and their parents to employ you. A great knowledge of exam and revision techniques and different learning styles is key.

This role would be ideal for those who are keen to work for themselves.


  1. IT technician

An IT technician’s role includes solving software and hardware issues on a range of technology.

An IT technician working in a school, college or university will have to work with pupils and students to fix and explain issues with computers, printers, scanners and tablets. They may have to set up new equipment and maintain and service older equipment.

The ideal candidate must have a wide range of technological knowledge.

There are several ways to get into this job sector, including diplomas and degrees in IT.



  1. Special educational needs teacher

A special education needs (SEN) teacher works with students who need extra support to help with their learning.

The role of an SEN is varied as you may be required to work with individuals or small groups of students within or outside of a class. SEN teachers may work with pupils who have a mental disability, behavioural difficulties or are physically disabled.

The role includes adapting teaching styles to meet the needs of each individual student.

A qualified teacher status is needed to become an SEN and many people choose to get into this profession later in their career as it requires a strong understanding of specific learning needs.


  1. Educational psychologist

An educational psychologist is also known as a counsellor or therapist. The role involves helping students who are experiencing emotional problems that are negatively influencing their learning.

The role includes observing and assessing students to understand their issues, supporting students and teachers, writing reports, researching and promoting general wellbeing within the school setting.

This job would suit someone who is sensitive, assertive and a great communicator.

Those with a degree in psychology are best suited for this role and may have to undertake further studies by completing a doctorate.


  1. Modern foreign languages teacher

Modern foreign language (MFL) teachers most commonly teach French, German and Spanish, however MFL can cover Italian, Russian, Japanese and others.

Languages can be taught at a primary level or above.

To become a teacher of a specific language you will have a degree in the language you wish to teach, with a certificate in teaching (PGCE).

A language teacher must have great speaking and listening skills and patience.


  1. Librarian

A librarian’s role includes managing the schools records and resources, cataloguing materials and advising students and staff.

A librarian working in a school may have to manage all library resources such as print, audio visual and online.

It is a rewarding role as librarians are often asked to acquire specific learning resources for teachers and help pupils to access learning materials.

Ideally, a librarian must possess very good organisational and communications skills.

Usually, a degree in librarianship is required, or an additional qualification in information management if you already possess a degree.


10. Physical education teacher

The job of a physical education (PE) teacher combines teaching with sports. They are responsible for planning lessons, teaching and ensuring health and safety of students.

The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for sports, be fit and healthy, enthusiastic and a great communicator. You must also be able to teach in a variety of ways and learn lots of new sports and skills.

There are different areas of study that can lead to a job in PE, for example a degree in Physical Education or Sports Coaching along with a PGCE.


Search and Apply for Education Jobs on our website! 

Claire Coward Journalist







Top 10 Jobs in Hospitality & Catering in 2014


If you are a genuinely out-going individual person who enjoys helping others, then a career in the Hospitality & Catering section could be for you! There are a variety of different roles that could be perfect to help you find that ideal job niche. Here we’ve listed some of the top ten jobs to help showcase the multi-faceted world of Hospitality & Catering.  Whether you’d like to explore jobs in the kitchen, the bar, back of house or front of house, or as a role in management, this sector will definitely hold something you’d like.


1. Event Planner – Duties include coordinating all logistics of an event, from conception to completion.  Be prepared to deal with venues of all different sizes – jobs could range from setting up a small room for a motivational speaker, to a huge detailed wedding.  Event planners must create and adhere to a budget to hire whatever may be needed, specific to their event: speakers, entertainment, lighting, transport, and food and drink.

Average Salary: £22,000

2. Restaurant Manager – These managers must maintain the business/monetary performance of their establishment, as well as maintaining high standards of health and safety.  You will need to analyze sales and keep records to help promote your business and keep up a solid reputation.  Will also need to train and hire staff, create weekly schedules, handle customer complaints, organize reservations, and ensure that there is clear communication between all sectors of staff to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Average Salary: £27,000

3. Hotel Manager – Hotel Managers are required to make sure all that operations in their establishment are successful and profitable.  They will plan, organize, and direct all facets of hotel operations and create reports with strategic overviews to increase profits while keeping costs low. Will need to set rates, handle customer service issues, as well as day to day management of all staff – from front of house to the back, including the kitchens to ensure quality standards that will meet with guests’ expectations.

Average Salary: £32,000

4. Executive Chef – These Head Chefs will need to oversee all kitchen staffing (bothing hiring and training) as well as paying special attention to the creation of a menu that will include unique dishes to help drive customer satisfaction.  They must track the dishes’ popularity and the reactions to them to help them estimate consumption.  This will aid them in figuring out their food ordering, as they must deal with suppliers on a constant basis and make sure their stock is up to health standards.

Average Salary: £30,000

5. Concierge – As the face of the front of the hotel, your most important asset here is a friendly and outgoing demeanor, as your want to make sure that your guests have the more pleasurable experiences possible. You will assist guests with making reservations, and manage all the guest records.  You will also need to have a general knowledge of the area, as you will also need to recommend interesting tours and outings of notable places in the area, and then make reservations and travel plans.

Average Salary: £25,000

6. Kitchen Assistant – Kitchen Assistants will mainly include directly helping the head chef with kitchen duties, including to make sure that the busy kitchen runs smoothly.  They must help ensure that food orders arrive and go out on time and in order, basic food prep, and making sure that the kitchen adheres to the strict health and safety regulations.

Average Salary: £15,000

7. Catering Manager – You must be able to plan all catering for different functions of varying sizes and crowds – anything such as a small business’ luncheon, to a grandiose wedding.  Catering managers need to plan menus to the specific crowd, and order needed supplies (such as food amounts, silverware, stemware, etc) all while maintaining and keeping to a certain budget.  Duties include managing entire kitchen staff to ensure productivity and efficiency of the food standards, financial budgets, and ultimately, the customer satisfaction.

Average Salary: £27,000

8. Maid/House Cleaning – Duties will include a variety of cleaning tasks including but not limited to: making beds, changing linens, cleaning rooms, dusting, vacuuming, taking care of trash, and restocking all supplies in bathrooms. You want to be sure that the space is clean and tidy.and in working condition to guarantee the satisfaction of the customers.

Average Salary: £17,000

9. Sommelier – This is an interesting and quickly growing skilled profession that requires extensive knowledge of wine. You will be pairing wine with food, as well as educating customers about the depth of the tastes, as well as the region it came from and the blends of grapes it was made with.  Other duties include being asked to create a wine list based on recipes, and taking care of managing a restaurant’s wine cellars with ordering and making sure that the wine hasn’t gone off.

Average Salary: £25,000

10. Bar Manager – You will make sure that your establishment runs smoothly by overseeing your staff and managing stock.  Duties include publishing staff schedules, hiring and training new employees, ensuring the quality of the beer and wine, as well as handling customer complaints.  As a manager, you will also need to keep an up to date licensing registration and stick to a strict budget when ordering.  You will want to set up an effective operation, and build relations with clients to ensure customer satisfaction.

Average Salary:£22,000


MaryEllen Fenton Journalist








Top 10 Jobs in the Public Sector / Council



Council jobs are vast, interesting and with great opportunities to progress.

If you take pride in your local community then working for your council may give you the opportunity to make a positive and practical difference.

Public sector and council jobs range from requiring that individuals are educated to degree level, have a lot of experience with customer service, no experience at all or ready to work straight from school or college education.

Here is Strike Jobs guide to the top 10 jobs in the public sector.


  1. Social worker

Social workers work closely with families and communities to help with issues such as poverty, illness, disabilities and human rights. They help to protect vulnerable people such as children and those with mental and physical health issues.

It is a challenging job that is physically and mentally demanding so you must be a strong individual who is determined to make a difference.

It is a very broad job role, which can include working with the homeless, people with alcohol and drug problems and young offenders.

Individuals who wish to become a social worker will have undergone official training. There is a social work degree that can be studied at university, although there are many different routes that you can go down to get this career.


  1. Fire fighter

Fire fighting is an exciting, dangerous job that reaps great rewards. Saving lives on a daily basis; who wouldn’t want to be a hero?!

The fire service only employs those who are over 18, with good fitness and a good standard of education, although each service around the country differs in their entry requirements.

Individuals are trained on the job and will attend a full induction and training programme. Thee training includes learning first aid, health and safety, rescue techniques and how to use all the equipment.

They work long hours, often in shift patterns.

Jobs vary from attending house fires, controlling and putting out fires, rescuing victims, managing dangerous situations. And of course, rescuing kittens from trees!


  1. Communications officer

Communications officers in the public sector may be in charge of managing and maintaining the image of the council, including internal and external communications. This job is perfect for those who love to stay up to date with the latest social media and communications, and who are friendly and a quick worker.

Applicants are usually required to have some experience in the communications field already.

Communications officers will have to spread good news as well as handling bad news, and manage good relationships with contacts, such as local businesses and other councils.


  1. Bus driver

Bus drivers usually require a full UK or European driving license, more than 2 years of driving experience, no more than 3 points on license and no criminal convictions. Although, each council has different requirements so best to contact them directly with any queries.

If you are keen to be a bus driver you must be a people person with good customer service skills and patience!

Often, you will be required to work busy shifts.


  1. Customer services

Customer services is a wide field.

The job can range from working on the phone in a call centre, or answering queries at a reception desk.

If you want to start this kind of job you must have good interpersonal skills and enjoy customer service and working closely with the public.

Good general knowledge is advised as you may be answering any queries about council tax, housing benefits, billing, etc.

The best candidates are well rounded.


  1. Teacher

Teaching is often seen as one of the most rewarding jobs, moulding the minds of the next generation. We all remember our favourite teachers, the one stand out teacher who made a difference to our education. I can name a hand full of fantastic teachers that helped me through my education. It would be great to do that for a whole host of new faces.

Teaching requires a certain number of qualifications and checks, which differs depending on the level of education you wish to teach. A bachelors degree with an approved teaching education programme and license are usually minimum.

If you study for a degree you must have work experience, so get volunteering.

You will have to plan lessons that are engaging and interesting and varied as well as educational. You must attend school events, be well presented, attend meetings and communicate well.


  1. Police officer

Policing is a great career that can give great progression and opportunities.

The job includes responding to calls from the public, investigating crime, making arrests, searching for missing people, interviewing, attending court and working closely with other officers and the public.

It is a role that is open to many – graduates, non-grads and those with a higher national diploma.

Work experience is an advantage, so working with community groups such as coaching a sports team will help when applying.

Applicants must be a confident character with good personal skills, courage, honesty, intuition, discipline, good communication and resilience. A good all rounder!


  1. Librarian

Librarians are organised with great people skills as they work closely with the public and also schools, colleges and companies. Applicants must also have strong admin skills.

There is a degree in librarianship which can be taken, or if you already have a degree you can then study for a qualification in information management.

The ideal candidate has great customer service and organisational skills. This would suit a studious individual.


  1. Refuse loader/street sweeper

If you take great pride in the image of your local town then this type of job would be great.

In this job you must be willing to get your hands dirty and work a physically difficult shift.

Refuse loaders start work while most of us are still in bed, so if you love early mornings and having the rest of the day to yourself then this job is the one for you. On the other hand, street sweepers or cleaners may work full time through out the day. You may even get to drive a vehicle, so often a driving license is essential.

This is a good job that gets you outside and not stuck in an office all day!


10. Parking officer

There tends to be a little stigma attached to this job, no one likes getting a parking ticket, but it is a great job to have.

You must have good literacy and numeracy skills, good customer service and inter personal skills. A great role as it keeps you on your feet, literally, as well as office work as you will be updating databases.

The job includes checking vehicles and issuing notices, reporting issues with signs and road markings, checking tickets in car parks, working with the police to report incidents.

There are no set qualifications, however hard workers who gave experience in customer service will be valued.


Search and Apply for Council Jobs on our website! 

Claire Coward Journalist







Top 10 Jobs in Health and Medicine in 2014

medicine and health

Jobs in the health and medicine sector as so varied and so very sought after. If you have your heart set on a job in health and medicine but are unsure which job to go for then look no further. This is Strike Jobs guide to the top 10 jobs in the field! Find out what to expect from the job and which qualifications you will need.

1. Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers have a great mix of skills in both the fields of healthcare and engineering.

The role of a biomedical engineer includes designing, developing and testing new equipment, training medical staff to use new equipment and ensuring it is safe to use.

Biomedical engineers are also known as bioengineers, design engineers and clinical scientists.

A degree from an accredited course such as mechanical engineering or physics is essential, however if you wish to work on the NHS you will have to go through further training.

Starting salaries are anything from £21,000 to £27,000, with the potential to increase to £40,000 as you further your career.

This job would be perfect for those who particularly enjoy science and technology.

2. Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists have great people skills as the job requires that they help people to overcome illnesses.

The role includes working closely with people to help them maintain a normal life after a physical or mental illness. They help adapt their living environment, teach them how to undertake daily tasks, increase confidence and strength and offer mentoring and support.

Occupational therapists will have a degree in the subject, which allows them to study both the practical and theoretical side.  All occupational therapist courses in the UK are currently accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is essential.

Salaries start from £21,000 and increase with experience in the field.

This role would be perfect for someone who wants to work with people.

3. Urologist

A urologist is a specialist doctor/surgeon who diagnoses and treats infections and diseases of the urinary tract and reproductive organs.

Doctors and surgeons in any field of medicine are required to have an accredited degree from a medical school. A urologist requires these qualifications alongside specialist training within the field of urology.

Doctors with specialist training, such as urology, can expect to earn upwards of £30,000 a year.

This job requires someone with patience as you will be dealing with complex procedures.

4. Optometrist

An optometrist examines eyes and often works in high street optician pratises.

The jobs includes communicating with patients, examining eyes, using specialist equipment and issuing prescriptions. They examine eyes, test sight, give advice about diseases of the eye and prescribe glasses and contact lenses.

To gain a job in this field you must have a degree which is approved by the General Optical Council.

The wage ranges from a starting salary of £19,000 to senior level salary of £35,000 to £50,000.

The job requires someone who is willing to work with people, but may also require some sales experience as you may have to sell brands of contact lenses and glasses.

5. Dermatologist

Dermatology focuses on the treatment of hair, skin and nails. Dermatologists deal with diagnosing and treating diseases, however cosmetic treatments such as facial fillers are often dealt with too.

Dermatology is a medical speciality. You must have a medical degree with follow up specialist training.

As this is a specialist subject the starting wage is around 30,000 a year.

The job requires good communication skills and empathy as often clients have physical ailments.

6. Speech and language therapist  

Speech and language therapists help patients who have problems with communication and speech, and also those who have issues with eating and swallowing.

Speech therapists work with children and adults who have suffered from strokes, cancer, hearing problems and dementia. Patience and good people skills are required.

A degree in anatomy, linguistics, child development or similar is required and must be accredited by the HCPC. The course will include studying psychology, sociology, biomedical and behavioural science and education.

A starting wage when working for the NHS is around £21,000, rising to over £30,000 with an advanced specialism.

7. Respiratory therapist

Respiratory therapists treat patients who have disorders or diseases which affect the function of the heart and lungs, such as asthma, pneumonia, heart attacks and trauma.

A respiratory therapist requires similar qualifications as a speech therapist, but specialising in the heart and lungs.

8. Mental health nurse

Mental health nurses work with people who suffer from mental health conditions and their families.

The job includes caring for patients who are experiencing mental distress, building relationships and working closely with patients, administering medication and producing care plans.

Diploma courses used to be available for this, however if you wish to become a mental health nurse you must now gain a nursing degree that is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A newly qualified nurse can expect to earn £21,000 to £27,000.

Mental health nurses must be empathetic with strong communication skills and good physical fitness.

9. Radiographer

Radiographers must be knowledgeable about technology, anatomy and physiology. This job requires the use of x ray and ultrasound to examine bones and organs to diagnose illnesses and injuries.

To become a radiographer you must have a degree in radiography which is approved by HCPC.

Radiography is a long term career with the potential to go far, with a wage ranging from £21,000 to £60,000 plus.

10. Pharmacist

Pharmacists dispense and distribute medicines. A community pharmacist may work in a high street store dispensing prescription medicines to the general public, selling over the counter medical products and advising patients. A hospital pharmacist participates in ward rounds and works closely with hospital doctors to advise on dosage of medicines to patients.

To pursue this career you will need a degree in pharmacy that is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Further training may be needed dependant on whether you wish to work in the community or a hospital.

A starting wage for a pharmacist is £21,000 and a pharmacist consultant can earn up to £80,000.

Search and Apply for Health and Medicine Jobs in England 

Claire Coward Journalist