A career in physics can cover a broad area, involving both theoretical and practical aspects of everything from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the universe itself.
What is Physics?
Physics is the science of how our universe works and it seeks to explain natural phenomena. It is the study of matter and energy, and the interactions between them. Physics is an extremely broad subject area ranging from understanding the smallest subatomic particles to large galaxies and the universe itself.
What do physicists actually do?
Some physicists use theoretical knowledge to focus on deep, abstract areas such as the origins of the universe. Others apply physics to more tangible applications like the development of advanced materials, electronic devices and medical equipment.
Physicists design and engineer materials, machines and systems capable of imaging and manipulating single molecules and atoms which allows for nanotechnology. They are valued for their broad knowledge, problem-solving and strong experimental skills.
Where do physicists work?
Physicists work with sophisticated instruments in research laboratories in industrial, academic and science sectors. Many physicists are employed in renewable energy, medical and space science fields.
You could work for a government research facility, small or large business or an educational institution.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in physics may be for you, if you:
- are good at analysis and problem-solving,
- have strong mathematics and computing skills,
- can visualise and explain ideas clearly, and
- are able to work independently or as part of a team.