# What jobs can you get after Studying Physics at University?

What types of jobs can you get after a degree in Physics? My sister is choosing her course and thinking of doing physics but isn't sure what she can do after it.

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Researcher and lecturer at university are top jobs for those with degree in physics.

However, you can also teach at high schools, many work as programmers or making financial simulations for banks...

Physics is a universal knowledge, and you can apply it to many different disciplines (much easier than vice-versa). Of course in these cases you do not use your physical knowledge in full. But you most probably get better paycheck there ;-).

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 "top" jobs in what way? – Martin Beckett Apr 16 '12 at 20:59 Definitely not in money earned ;) – Pygmalion Apr 16 '12 at 21:00

During my stint as a scientist working in industry I interviewed many job applicants. My experience is that it is extraordinarily hard to get good people, and that when I did meet good people it was obvious within the first few minutes of the interview that they were something special. With those people I didn't really care what they'd done at college (assuming it wasn't something silly like "swimwear design").

Still, not everyone can be an Ed Witten (including me - Ed the Horse is more my level :-) and I guess your first priority would be to get your CV through the first cut. I didn't do the initial CV filtering so I can't talk from personal experience. However Physics is a hard subject and if you get a good degree this immediately tells me you're a cut above the run of the mill applicants, and your CV would immediately go on the "to be interviewed" pile. The skills you need to be good at Physics apply to virtually any technical job, and even if you're applying for something completely different, e.g. law or finance, you'll still stand out as a clever person.

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 Yes, lol, but first you have to finish the studies... – Pygmalion Apr 16 '12 at 12:17

it is very hard for you to get a physics-related-job without good qualifications :( i myself i am unemployed although i have a degree on physics

i could suggest

• high school teacher

• Ph D researcher, although you will need very very good qualifications in general

• work as a consultor management

• Work as an 'Engineer material'

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I agree with Jose that it is not easy to get a job with just a degree in physics. In this economy especially, just about everyone coming out of school is struggling to find work.

The path I chose, and it worked fairly well for me, was to go on to more school. In my case, I ended up in a nuclear engineering program and got my Master's degree from a good school. The job I currently have resulted from an internship position I held between the two years of grad school.

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To some extent this will depend on the country - since your profile says you are based in Cardiff, I assume this means she is expecting to study and work in the UK?

Obviously there would be a huge range of possible career options. There are some careers for which a physics degree is likely to be a requirement or at least highly desirable (academic physicist, physics teacher, perhaps a medical physicist or working as a physicist in the nuclear or other industries). There are other careers which would be open to physics graduates as well as those from related subjects (finance for highly mathematical subjects, and academic publishing or patent law for science and engineering subjects, for example). There are many careers for which a degree in just about any subject is a prerequisite (many large businesses have graduate schemes).

Perhaps it would be a good idea for her to talk to a careers advisor at her school/college, or to attend some university open days and discuss it with them. I'm sure there is also lots of useful information on the web (the IOP's Careers page looks promising, for a start).

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$E = mc^2$? "Job" = "Money"? In my country graduates in physics can work at the research institute for about USD 50/month salary equivalent. Head of the nuclear spectroscopy lab at the local institute of nuclear physics (a good friend of mine) is paid about USD 150/month. What I admire in these people is that they are doing physics just because they like it.

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