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Career examples in Technology

James Dyson started his educational journey in the Byam Shaw School for Art and then moved on to the Royal College of Art. After this he became an engineer. Today he is well known for the many electrical devices, like his vacuum cleaner, and other inventions, which have become household names. The James Dyson Foundation has together with Imperial College created a new degree in design engineering. Since 2011 he is a provost for the Royal College of Art and he has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

If you would like to know more about him, his background and work put his name into Google and see what you can discover.

So, if you are interested in technology try to find out which area of technology at university or technician level you are interested in and then the colleges where you can take this further.

Technologists are interested in answering the question “How do you do that?” and can be found working in almost every subject – here are a few:

Meteorology, manufacturing, development of new materials, electronics, agriculture, pharmacy, medical health, mines, stock exchange, banks, design of machines, logistics, management, military, water supplies, environmental management, pest control, epidemiology, codes, security, and on and on. The list is endless and is the same as that given above for science because technology makes science “happen”.

Technology can take you anywhere, but is often associated with quite specific activities, e.g. marine technology, glass technology, plastics, corrosion, metallurgy, information, food, leather, textile and so on. The list is endless. Science can take you anywhere.

So, if you are interested in some aspect of technology, try to find out where you could study the subject to the level you require. Technology will be linked to the big areas of science represented by Societies and Institutions e.g. The Geological Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry; these organisations provide much information on careers. Put the subject of your interest into Google (e.g. Insects) and add Society for…..

If you like what you see, approach the organisation, explain why you are contacting them and see if you can become a Member. See also the British Institute for Technology.




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