After Physics degreeWatch this thread
Depends on how high you go with the degree too. Some jobs ask for a phd, others a masters.
You go into any of the myriad jobs that don't require a particular degree, although the coding experience from a physics degree will come in useful. Finance, consultancy and IT are quite popular. Professional research is particularly competitive.
- The space sector (UK Space Agency, BAE Systems)
- The NHS (Scientist Training Program in Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering, Scientific Computing and Genomics to name a few specialisms!)
- Security and defense (GCHQ, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
- Meteorology (the Met Office)
- The energy sector (EDF, UK Atomic Energy Authority)
- Finance (a huge range of well known banks will take on physics graduates)
- Education (physics and maths teachers are always needed)
- Research (many students will go on to do a PhD and some will stay in research and academia long term)
This article could be a good strating point for you to look into things further, https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-adv...physics-degree. A physics degree opens lots of doors and a huge range of opportunities.
Jude - 3rd Year Theoretical Physics Student, University of Birmingham
This is slightly repetitious of what's been said, but here's some first-hand experience. Loads of my year went into finance (IB/quant/programming type roles or actuarial), lots to consulting (it's a broad field), some did law conversion, some PGCE. Others went to grad schemes at big companies (some technological/scientific, some not) - you should be eligible for most grad schemes. I also know of one artist and one musician (though you'd obviously need to have these skills originally). You can also continue your education, which doesn't have to be in physics (there are a lot of MRes courses now that are based on applying skills to different areas). Very few stayed doing physics, which I think is typical of a lot of degrees.
Also, many of them have now changed careers again anyway. Essentially, you're not stuck in anything and you can explore many opportunities. Good luck!