Physics – Further Information
What career options will I have ?
Physicists end up in all sorts of interesting jobs and are virtually never unemployed, because of their broad training and adaptability. In particular they are needed at the start of new technologies and machines, or in particularly challenging projects such as space missions, remote explorations, and failure assessment.
As a working physicist you may find yourself: trying to predict the stock market on Wall Street, testing satellites for space missions, developing new materials for industry, developing new electronic devices and components, doing medical physics in a hospital, teaching the next generation of physicists in a high school, trying to predict the next major earthquakes to hit San Francisco or Japan, developing flight simulation software, optimizing industrial manufacturing or transformation processes, developing a new measurement instrument, performing materials testing and characterization for special applications, launching a new software company or product, performing urban planning and optimization, etc.
Physicists will always be in demand, as a result they are also very well paid – recent research by the Institute of Chemistry shows physics graduates are on average paid over 30% more than all other graduates.
Progression to University
Physics A-Level is a natural choice for those who wish to study the Physical Sciences such as Chemistry, Physics or Natural Sciences (Cambridge). Physics A-Level is essential for those wishing to study the wide range of Engineering degrees. Thinking of taking Physics at University, well why not download this handy course guide.
Views from the students
“Gives you an understanding of the world”
“I never thought I could laugh so much in a physics lesson”
“Really interesting – but you got to put the work in to understand it – you can’t just learn it”