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

As well as learning about how the universe works, you'll get a broad training in skills that all employers value – an ability grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills.

Even if you don't end up working in a physics-related industry, these skills are still highly regarded. Studying physics is a good way of keeping your options open and earning a good salary. Search for physics degrees on Or if technical routes appeal to you, check out our pages on physics-related apprenticeships.

There are profiles showing what physicists get up to and you can look at the sectors that physics graduates work in the Your future with physics: Career directions section.

Thinking of taking a gap year? Check out our advice.

last edited: September 11, 2018

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