Physics underpins most science and technology, but the range of careers entered by physics and astronomy graduates is far wider than even this fact would suggest. Many employers see a physics graduate as someone who has demonstrated an ability to work through a demanding course of study and who will have acquired a variety of technical and other transferable skills. The range of careers enjoyed by our graduates and their success in finding suitable positions is a measure of how many employers appreciate the value of a physics degree. This appreciation is reflected in the lucrative salaries that graduates from this School can typically expect, even at the start of their careers. In fact, a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers shows that Physics, Chemistry and Engineering graduates are the highest paid after Medicine and Law graduates.
Over 50% of our graduates go directly into professional employment. The range of jobs that they take up is very wide, including software engineering, management consultancy, financial services, and research and development in high technology based industries. 30% of our graduates take higher degrees (20% do PhDs, the others various MSc conversion courses and the PGCE) and of the remainder, nearly 10% opt to take a year off after graduation to do voluntary service or simply to travel.
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Average starting salary and career progression
In 2016, 90.9% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,260 with the highest being £30,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.