Typical job sectors for physicists

Over half of all physicists work in Research and Development, Engineering, and Information Technology. Some physicists work on problems at the frontiers of knowledge; others tackle the challenging problems which arise in the application of physics to industrial and engineering problems.

If you want to be well paid, a physics degree can help you get a job in finance, telecommunications or the electrical industry. According to a survey of Institute of Physics members, these sector have an average starting salary of about £40K.

Physicists also work in medicine, astronomy, meteorology and teaching. The following chart shows a list of typical sectors where physicists are found:

Physics work sectors: health 2%, Research 10%, IT 22%, Industrial 15%, Engineering 8%, Finance 12%, Teaching 1%, Marketing 2%, other 25%