Careers and job prospects in physics
The design of our degrees is such that our graduates are prepared for a wide variety of stimulating and interesting careers. Our in-house career-mentoring programme helps you to find the best career for you. Students who have graduated from our department can be found working anywhere from research and development to production and management in every field of science, engineering, and industry. Former students have found employment as medical physicists, environmental physicists, as petroleum engineers, merchant bankers, and patent officers, as well as research scientists.
Physics gets you
Find out more about the career paths of some of our graduates from previous years on the alumni page
Our graduates have become venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, RAF officers, operations managers, medical physicists, senior engineers, team leaders, professors, company directors, politicians, systems engineers, international treasury analysts, senior directors, patent examiners, advanced software engineers, executive vice presidents, teachers, education adviser, spacecraft project managers, defence scientists, (executive) vice presidents, Oscar winner, product managers, chairmen, senior risk manager, bankers, business development managers, pop star, and more.
UK must double science graduates
March 2007: The Confederation of British Industry warns that more students must study science, engineering, and technology or the UK will lose its world-leading position in industries such as aerospace. Around 12% of graduates presently leave university with a science, engineering and technology degree and this needs to rise to at least 25% if the UK is to match the predicted growth in jobs.
Find out more about physics employers
The CBI has identified that one of the reasons why students do not choose university science courses is poor careers advice that fails to stimulate young people's interest in the well-paid and cutting edge careers available in science and engineering. Now around 45,000 graduates emerge from UK universities with a degree in science or engineering each year. Based on figures on expected growth in jobs by 2014, the CBI has calculated that this would need to jump to 97,000 a year just to fill new positions.