Physics graduates can typically be found in the following sectors:
- Finance - banking and insurance
- Operational Research
- Statistical analysis
- Defence, science and engineering
- Operations and logistics
- Risk management
- Teaching and lecturing
To research any of these areas further, the Prospects website is a good starting point, together with some of the more specialist links on this page. It may be that you do not wish to enter a career where you will use your Physics related skills. Your career options are still wide.
Some questions to ask yourself
- Do you want to use Physics in your career, and if so which area of Physics are you interested in?
- What type of organisation would you like to work for? Large company/small company, private sector, public sector (government, local government, health service, education establishments)
- Are you interested in a graduate programme/scheme (usually two years with a large company/organisation)
- Are you interested in business? Would you like to use your research skills? Would you like to apply your Physics skills in another area of interest, such as the environment, or healthcare, or politics?
- Have a look at the Planning your Future pages for further tips to help you think about your career ideas. Book an appointment with a Careers and Consultant if you would like to talk through your ideas.
If you are considering going onto further study such as a Masters course, Prospects further study section is useful. For certain career areas such as roles in finance and accounting, you will be required to undertake professional qualifications while you work.
Physics teachers at secondary level in the UK are very much in demand and according to the Institute of Physics our schools need more specialist physics teachers than ever before. The Government awards generous bursaries to candidates who successfully gain a place on a teacher training programme up to £30.000 (the amount of funding you can get is dependant on your degree class). IOP scholarships are also available to help you get through your training. For further information on how to get into teaching, go to our Entry into Teaching page, and see the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website.