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Pharmacist

Your job as a pharmacist would involve working with drugs and medication. You would either prepare and dispense medicaments or you would work in researching and developing medicinal products. You would work directly with the public, preparing and dispensing medicine according to doctors’ prescriptions and also offer advice.

Choosing a career as a Pharmacist, you would need good organisational and concentration skills as you would be handling potentially dangerous medication. You would need a strong interest in science and in medicine, with a logical mind and a methodical approach to your work.

Similar occupations: doctor, dentist, pharmacologist, research biologist, or biochemist.

Pharmacists might have to work unsocial hours, which could mean working on a rota or shift system, including evening and weekend cover.

Photographer

As a professional photographer, you would most likely specialise in one particular area or work, such as fashion, newspaper, medical or high street photography. The work would generally involve selecting the right location, setting up the lighting and choosing the appropriate equipment.

Choosing a career as a photographer, you would need to consider that most professional photographers are self-employed and you would need a high level of self-confidence, allied to exceptional talent and driving ambition, to survive in such fiercely competitive areas as advertising or fashion photography.

Related occupations: TV and film camera operator, graphic designer, illustrator, journalist or multimedia specialist.

Photographer might often work long and irregular hours.

Public Relations Executive

As a public relations (PR) executive, you would specialise in the business of looking after the reputation of your clients, making a planned and sustained effort to establish goodwill and mutual understanding between them and the public. Your clients might include a business, a profession, a government department, a public service or an organisation concerned with health, culture or education. You would aim to find out the concerns and expectations of a client’s customers, employees, suppliers, investors or other audience and feed these back to the management.

A Public Relations Executive needs to be assertive and determined, able to cope with pressure and tight deadlines and have the communication skills to make a point in discussions without alienating people. You would need to be well organised, with good IT and literacy skills. Giving presentations will be part of your job, you’ll need to be confident when it comes to public speaking.

Related occupations: journalist, solicitor, advertising copywriter, marketing executive, market researcher or events manager.

The work would probably be office based and on normal office hours.

Psychologist

As a psychologist, you would study the process and nature of the human mind in order to understand how people behave, how they react to stimuli or circumstances and how they interact in small or large groups. You would use scientific methods to gather information and try to measure what constitutes normal and abnormal behaviour. You would be concerned not just with understanding human behaviour but also with using this understanding to help people and to bring about change. There are several main fields for professional psychologists: Clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, health psychologist, occupational psychologist.

Depending on what type of psychologist you become, you could find yourself dealing with children or adults with learning difficulties, patients with brain damage or disease, prisoners or people at work.

You may be particularly interested in other professions concerned with helping people, such as careers/personal adviser, speech and language therapist, teacher, human resources manager, probation officer or social worker.

An occupational psychologist working with companies in industry and commerce would usually work normal office hours.

Physiotherapist

As a physiotherapist, you would use movement, exercise, electrotherapy, manipulation and massage to treat pain, injury and damage to the body and to enhance the well being of the body.

You may work in hospitals or in the community, rehabilitating sick or injured individuals, or helping the elderly or disabled to live as independently as possible. Alternatively, you may work as a specialist sports physiotherapist, repairing and trying to prevent injuries as well as helping people maintain their levels of fitness.

As a physiotherapist, you would have to establish a relationship with a wide range of people, most of whom would be ill, frightened or in pain. Patience and tact are also needed, as progress made by patients can be very slow. You should be well organised and able to maintain detailed records of each patient.

Related occupations: occupational therapist, radiographer or speech and language therapist.

Physiotherapists work a 36-hour week, which can include some unsocial or on-call hours.