What do Bristol Physics graduates do?
Physics graduates move into a variety of fields where their combination of analytical, research, teamworking, problem solving, numerical, IT knowledge and communication skills are valued. Examples of regular recruitment sectors include actuarial work, operational research, government statistical and security services, engineering, management consultancy, IT, investment banking, financial modelling, accountancy and teaching.
Over half of all graduate vacancies don't ask for specific degree subjects and Physics graduates will also find openings in fields unrelated to their degree. Bristol Physics graduates have entered a whole spectrum of careers from filmmaking and journalism to marketing and the civil service.
For a general introduction on what Physics graduates do nationally, go to Options with Physics on the Graduate Prospects website.
What are recent Bristol Physics graduates doing?
You can get in touch with Bristol Physics graduates through our Careers Network.
You can also read graduate case studies.
Job sectors and occupations of interest to Physics graduates
These are by no means the only potential jobs. You can explore your career preferences more fully by using Prospects Planner, a computer guidance package available online.
These sector briefings produced by Prospects may be of particular interest:
Detailed profiles of specific occupations are also available online. Here are just a few:
- Electronics Engineer
- Materials Engineer
- Research Scientist
- Medical Physicist
- Publishing and Journalism (including Science Writer)
- Secondary School Teacher
- Geophysicist/Field Seismologist
- Patent Attorney
Careers open to all graduates
Around half of vacancies advertised for graduates in the UK don't ask for specific degree subjects. Possession of a degree is taken as evidence of intellectual ability. What is more important to the potential employer is the range of transferable skills and experience you can demonstrate. Work experience and relevant postgraduate qualifications may also help make you a more attractive candidate for jobs.
More information about some of the areas of employment commonly entered by graduates of any degree discipline can be found in:
- Institute of Physics - a useful resource for undergraduates and graduates of Physics. It includes case studies and links to job search websites.
You will find plenty of other links to relevant organisations and websites in the
'I want to work in...' section of our website, particularly the sections on: