Physicists study and research on the fundamentals of matter and energy, and the interactions between them to understand how the universe works.

Nature of the job

To become a physicist, you need to go through a considerable education to advance in your career. Physics is a challenging discipline and is intellectually demanding. If you like to be mentally challenged and can handle complex theories and mathematics, then this can be a role to consider.

You can work in a variety of fields, across different sectors. If you work in a government funded laboratory, you will spend time developing, building, testing and operating some of the world’s most state-of-the-art equipment. You can also choose to work in academic institutions, conducting research, writing and publishing academic papers and teaching. You can even work in the private sector, writing patent disclosures and papers, presenting at conferences or developing and advising on new products that require your expertise.  Once you reach a senior level, you can either pursue a more technical or managerial role. Bear in mind that having a degree in physics does not limit you to only the options mentioned above, as many physics graduates have also pursued careers in business, IT or engineering.

Job Description
  • Develop research processes and methods
  • Collect and analyse data
  • Create designs using CAD or Labview software
  • Modeling, simulating and prototyping systems
  • Any ad hoc tasks that may be assigned from time to time

Career Progress: Junior Physicist/Lecturer > Senior Physicist/Lecturer > Reader/Technical Lead > Professor/Consultant

Related Majors Physics