A day as an information analyst

You work at your local NHS hospital, researching facts and figures to check national healthcare standards are being met in your area. Today, you're researching patient waiting times, gathering facts and statistics from staff reports and computer records. You use a statistical computer program to read the data, so you can easily see patterns and possible data-collection errors. Then you write up patient-waiting-time trends in a report, and check your hospital meets national healthcare standards. You discover patients are waiting much longer for some treatments than others, and email senior members of staff to make them aware of this trend. You enjoy using your skills to make sure healthcare standards are met, and like working regular 9-5 hours.

Does this sound like you?

You're good at maths, can concentrate for long periods of time and pay attention to detail. You're very responsible and communicate well with others.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a good range of GCSEs (or the equivalent) to demonstrate basic education, and should consider taking A levels (or the equivalent) at college. You might also consider obtaining your European Computer Driving Licence to demonstrate knowledge of Microsoft Office.There are sometimes informatics apprenticeships in the NHS.

What's next after A level and beyond?

If you've been working towards A levels (or the equivalent), you could apply for a degree in statistical analysis or another relevant subject. Check university prospectuses well in advance for details of courses and entry requirements. Alternatively, there are sometimes informatics apprenticeships in the NHS. Job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. You can also find apprenticeships on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship