Careers information and resources

The IOP is committed to providing members with accurate, up-to-date, careers information and resources.

The resources we offer are tailored to help you make the most of your potential as a physicist, whether you’re still in secondary education, a university student, or you’ve already embarked on your career.


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Once a physicist: Janet Guthrie
Janet Guthrie is a retired American race car driver. In 1977 she became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500

Once a physicist: Steven Mackey
From physics to music

Once a physicist: Chris Arnade
Chris Arnade is a documentary photographer who works among homeless addicts and prostitutes in Hunts Point, New York.

Once a physicist: Caroline Harper
Caroline Harper is chief executive of the Sightsavers charity and was awarded the OBE for services to the gas industry in 2000

Once a physicist: Dan Trueman

Dan Trueman is a composer, Hardanger fiddle-player and a co-founder of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra

On the inside track
Industrial scientist Brent Neal explains what physics graduates and PhD students can do to make themselves stand out to recruiters.

Applied knowledge
Jennifer King explains how group industrial projects can help physics students to build real-world skills within a university environment.

TTP's Careers Event
Find out about your career options at TTP

Spring-clean your career
Need a fresh start or new challenges? Start by reviewing your career options. You might even fancy a career break. Now is the time to give your career a Spring-clean

Job hunting in a recession
These are tough time for jobseekers

I am at school / college

By studying physics at school or college you're opening the door to a wide variety of rewarding careers.

I am at school / college 

I am a researcher

If you are a PhD student or a post-doctoral researcher then this is the place for you

I am a researcher 

I am a careers professional

The range of careers that are open to physics students is vast

I am a careers professional 

I am at university

Tips and tricks for getting ahead post-graduation

I am at university 

I am thinking of a job/career change

Feeling a little stuck? Looking for a fresh start and new challenges?

I am thinking of a job/career change 

I am an employer

Opportunities for employers

I am an employer 

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