Physics graduates are highly sought after by employers across a range of disciplines. A high proportion of graduates go on to careers that use their knowledge and expertise in physics. However as physics is so central in the span of scientific subjects, physicists are readily employed in other disciplines such as computing, electronics, chemistry and mathematics.
"A Physics degree is greatly valued by employers because it contains IT and numerical skills, teaches a logical approach to problem solving, and many other valuable skills. Many graduates use their degrees in a Physics related area such as optics, solid state devices, lasers, the nuclear power industry or medical physics. Others move into areas suchas the IT or financial sector."
Dr Phil Lightfoot, Senior Lecturer and Physics Careers Liaison Officer
Our graduates enter into a number of various pathways, given their advanced numeracy and problem solving skills many enter into graduate schemes and occupations such as management, communications. accountancy, broadcasting and law.
Physics Careers Support
Our dedicated department careers officer guides students through a range of activities and workshops designed to support and prepare students for the next steps in their career path. Each year group conducts a range of activities including:
Developing Employability Skills
The department is committed to developing and supporting our student’s career development and employability which is embedded within our core teaching:
Communication and Literacy
Creativity and Innovation
Social, Cultural and Global Awareness
Application of IT and Numeracy
Languages for All
The Employability Tutorial, accessibly via Yorkshare, has been developed to maximise the skills and opportunities students have to enhance their employability. The online tool allows students to investigate pathways supporting them through their decision process as they plan their future career.
What do York Graduates do?
Most of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating working in a variety of sectors.
Opportunities for Physics Graduates are diverse and substantial, our programmes equip students with scientific knowledge and practical skills for progression into varied and wide ranging career pathways.
The University Careers Service provides a wealth of opportunities from internships and voluntary programmes to enterprise support. Careers are committed to helping students develop the skills employers are looking for and prepare for their future career.
Gaining work experience can help increase your employability, developing and enhancing vital skill such as planning and teamwork. Careers advertises hundreds of vacancies and internships to enhance your studies and gain valuable paid opportunities.
Placements are a valuable way to enable students to gain practical experience in the work place and put knowledge gained through their studies into practice. Enhancing your CV and building industry contacts, placements can be taken as an integrated placement year or via a dedicated research project.
Volunteering is an excellent way of supporting the local community as well as developing valuable transferable skills and knowledge. There are many exciting opportunities and projects for students to get involved in.