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Physics and astronomy careers 2011

  1. 1. Physics and Astronomy Careers<br />Paul Brown<br />Director and Careers Adviser<br />Careers Centre<br />
  2. 2. Who’s here today?<br />Graduating when?<br />Intentions at this point<br /> Further study?<br /> Physics related posts?<br /> Interested in other employment options?<br />
  3. 3. Employment for Physicists<br />Areas of work which require Physics or another physical science degree - loads of options<br />Looking at wider range of options, Physicists are prized for:<br /><ul><li>Problem solving
  4. 4. Analytical skills
  5. 5. Computational skills
  6. 6. IT and technology capabilities
  7. 7. Research skills</li></li></ul><li>Research/knowledge based Careers<br />Will require postgraduate study<br />Many industry areas: energy, nanotechnology, defence, instrumentation, materials science, medical science, IT <br />Obviously talk to your tutors about study options in St Andrews, Scotland, UK, beyond<br />Lots of information available on funding eg<br />IOP website and Careers Centre<br />
  8. 8. Jobs directly drawing on Physics<br />Medical Physicist<br />Employed in NHS and elsewhere. Training necessary!<br /><ul><li>Scientist training Programme in England and Wales, should be approx 200 training posts
  9. 9. Equivalent pre-Registration Training Programme in Scotland</li></li></ul><li>More directly related options<br />Geophysicist<br />Masters or PhD may be necessary<br />Oil companies <br />Consultancies<br />
  10. 10. And teaching!<br />Still shortages<br />Not so easy in Scotland<br />New funding regime in England<br />TeachFirst<br />
  11. 11. Options which favour Physicists<br />Meteorologist<br />Patent Attorney<br />
  12. 12. Other options for Physicists<br />Scientist in the Civil Service<br />Operational Researcher<br />Product development<br />Software engineer<br />Technical author<br />
  13. 13. Actuaries, Bankers, Management Consultants and Accountants<br /><ul><li>Well paid jobs with many opportunities drawing on:
  14. 14. Analytical skills
  15. 15. Problem solving abilities
  16. 16. Numerical/mathematical skills
  17. 17. Modelling capabilities
  18. 18. Computational skills</li></li></ul><li>All the other graduate jobs<br />Examples:<br />Armed Services<br />Broadcasting<br />Civil Service Fast Stream<br />Journalism<br />Legal (especially Intellectual Property)<br />Logistics<br />Market Research<br />Police<br />Retail<br />Sales and marketing<br />Think tanks, lobbyists, politics<br />
  19. 19. Employability of Physicists<br />De La Rue<br />Centrica<br />Hyder Consulting<br />Thermo Fisher Scientific<br />SciSys UK Limited<br />SeaChange International<br />Fraser Nash<br />MBDA<br />Oxford Instruments<br />Tracerco<br />Selex<br />Amec<br />Babcock<br />Jordan Valley Semiconductors<br />E.ON<br />Nuclear Medical Centre<br />Dstl<br />TTP<br />Areva<br />Rolls Royce<br />Air Products<br />Ultra Electronics, Xerox Ltd<br />IBM<br />Traffic Directorate<br />BAE Systems<br />Sharp Laboratories of Europe<br />Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) <br />
  20. 20. A bit about the Careers Centre<br />Where we are <br />Advisers<br />Website<br />CC Events<br />Employer events<br />Law Fair 11th October<br />Management and Finance Fair 14th October<br />Science and Technology Fair 21stOctober<br />
  21. 21. The most useful urlsfor Physicists<br />http://www.iop.org/careers/index.html<br />http://careers.guardian.co.uk/careers-blog/physics-degree-careers<br />http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/careers/wiki/Physics_and_Astronomy_-_using_your_degree<br />http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_physics_your_skills.htm<br />
  22. 22. Questions??<br />

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