Bachelor of Science

Job Description:

The Bachelor of Science is one of the most respected and BSc Scientist picchallenging degrees out there. The BSc covers a multitude of disciplines; from Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics, to Microbiology and Computer Science. If exploring the unknown, formulating hypotheses and making discoveries excites you, then a life in science could be your perfect career. Not all scientists work in laboratories; many work out in the field, and some are even leaders in business. If you rate you’ve got a great mind, why not challenge it with a career in science!

Yearly Salary:

R130 000 to R760 000.

Specialisation Areas:

Applied Biology, Applied Mathematics, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Business Computing, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Games Development, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental and Geographical Science, Genetics, Geology, Human Physiology, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Microbiology, Ocean and Atmosphere Science, Physics, and many more.

Demand and Job Security:

Science is a broad and competitive field. Job security in the more common BSc’s, such as environmental science and microbiology, is not guaranteed. However other degrees, such as computer science and geology, are in serious demand. Scientists can always opt for a life in academia and education, and postgraduate funding is easy to come by.

Working Hours and Environment:

Scientists can work in either the office, laboratory or out in the field. Researchers call the shots when it comes to their working hours and work environment. Other careers in science are less flexible, unless you own your own business.

How long does it take to qualify?

3 years of study.

Where can I study?

University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, Rhodes University, University of Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand, North-West University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, University of South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Venda, University of Zulu-land.

Funding Your Studies

The sad reality is that you have to pay for tertiary education and it is very expensive :( Luckily there are many options out there, read our article “Funding Your Studies”  to find out all the info regarding bursaries, student loans and government grants.

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