What can I do with a physics degree?

11 January 2018

  • Type:
  • Careers, University
  • Age Group:
  • 14 - 16 years, 16 - 18 years, 18+ years

Despite physicists being some of the most sought after and well-paid graduates across the UK, many students and teachers still struggle to answer the question: what can I do with a physics degree? The answers are numerous, and cover careers in science, finance, education and many more.

Below, we hear from: John Arnold: entrepreneur and software developer; Dr Laura Harkness-Brennan: nuclear physics lecturer at the University of Liverpool; Mike Buttery: project scientist at ESR Technology; Geraldine Cox: Artist in Residence at the Physics Department, Imperial College, London; Charlotte Davis: graduate trainee at AMEC; Paul Gardner: graduate engineer at MMI Engineering; David Gash: secondary school teacher; Scot Hickenbottom: PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University; Dr Heather Williams: Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals; Founding Director of ScienceGrrl; and Richard Williams: PhD in Astrophysics at Liverpool John Moores University.

These short videos give some ideas of potential careers using a physics degree and how you might get there. They can be used by students to discover the day to day tasks involved in a number of careers from engineer, data analysist to astrophysicist. The videos have been produced by The Ogden Trust.

John Arnold: entrepreneur and software developer

Dr Laura Harkness-Brennan: nuclear physics lecturer at the University of Liverpool

Mike Buttery: project scientist at ESR Technology

Geraldine Cox: Artist in Residence at the Physics Department, Imperial College, London

Charlotte Davis: graduate trainee at AMEC

Paul Gardner: graduate engineer at MMI Engineering

David Gash: secondary school teacher

Scot Hickenbottom: PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Heather Williams: Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals; Founding Director of ScienceGrrl

Richard Williams: PhD in Astrophysics at Liverpool John Moores University

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