How this course prepares you for future employment
Studying physics at The University of Nottingham provides you with a firm foundation for your future career. Studying physics can help you develop a range of skills that can be applied in many areas, both scientific and non-technical. These skills include:
technical and laboratory skills
ability to communicate complex ideas
Over 95% of our 2011/2012 physics and astronomy graduates, who were available for work or study, gained employment or further study within six months of graduation.
The labour market for physics graduates
The School of Physics and Astronomy graduates from 2012 entered a diverse range of occupations. These roles included: programming and software development, design engineering, finance and investment analysts.
A number of graduates proceeded onto further study
36% of this cohort remained in full-time education, the majority of these pursued research degrees at doctoral level. Some graduates began postgraduate taught programmes and courses included: fusion energy; sustainable energy engineering; oceans and climate; mathematical medicine and biology and petroleum geophysics. A small number pursued the postgraduate diplomas in teaching.
In 2012, the average starting salary for those who entered employment following graduation was nearly £22,000.
I completed my physics degree in 2012 and immediately found employment at EMIS, a healthcare IT company, on their software engineer apprenticeship scheme.
I currently test the software produced by the developers and write my own Windows applications to increase the efficiency of testing.
Ultimately, I am aiming towards the position of software developer. The technical work is challenging and rewarding, as everything I do has the potential to help millions of patients.
My physics degree helped me hone my confidence and problem solving skills, which are highly valued here, and allowed me to nurture my growing interest in coding.