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

A physics degree is, of course, the perfect preparation for a career in scientific research. It also trains students to be highly numerate, analytical and logical, as well as developing their problem-solving abilities – skills that are relevant in many different working environments. While many students do choose to work in research, studies have shown that a third follow careers outside of science and technology.

This section aims to help careers advisers to support physics students in finding the path that is right for them with a wealth of online information. These pages contain specific advice for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as illustrations of the array of career directions physics graduates head into. You will also find information on careers events alongside a list of organisations that physics students can join to enhance their career prospects. Details on how outreach can develop communication skills are offered. The section is rounded off with advice on job preparation, key skills and work experience.