Future Careers

A Physics degree teaches you how to analyse and problem-solve, to work in a team and to think critically and creatively. Our Physics graduates are highly employable and are working in diverse areas. Here is a list of where some of our alumni have gone:

Data Analyst: Commonwealth Bank 
Advisor: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Optical Engineer: Agilent Technologies
Simulations Manager: ResMed
Quantum Hardware Engineer: Google
Astronomy Education Assistant: Royal Observatory Greenwich
Weather Forecaster: Bureau of Meteorology
Consultant on Ocean Conservation: oceanr
Secondary School Physics Teacher: NSW Department of Education
Chief Technical Officer: Spectral Aerospace
Test Engineer: Tesla
Associate Editor: Nature Research (Publishing)
Data Engineer: CSIRO Data61

Many Physics graduates follow careers in research and in areas such as telecommunications and photonics there is a high demand for qualified physicists. As Physics teaches you how to solve problems and equips you with mathematical and information technology skills, a vast range of other career options are available for graduates. Some of these include scientific sales and management; teaching at schools, TAFE and universities; and the Commonwealth and State Public Service. UNSW Physics graduates have also made successful careers in industries such as manufacturing, communications, computing, electronics, finance, and biomedical technology.

It is now common for people to have several very different careers during their life. A university degree should not just train you for your first job, but teach you skills that you will use for the next forty years. A Physics degree teaches you how to analyse and solve problems, to work in a team and to think critically and creatively; all valuable skills that you will use in any career you choose. 

Download the document below to read more about careers in physics.