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Career information for your major

Discipline overview

Physics helps us understand the world, ourselves and the universe in which we live. Physicists have a very solid knowledge of the physical universe and use this knowledge to explore new ideas that will advance technology, health standards, and life style.

Key employability skills

  • Demonstrated problem-solving, critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team environment
  • Developed highly marketable combination of computer and instrumentation skills

Specialised areas

  • Medical and Radiation Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • Superconductivity and Magnetism
  • Thin Film Technology and Surface Science
  • Terahertz Physics and Optics
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Nuclear Science & Technology
  • Biomolecular Physics
  • Atmospheric Science

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • University Academic/Research Staff
  • R&D Industry Scientist
  • Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist
  • Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physicist
  • Science/Physics/Math/Technology High School Teacher
  • Defence Scientist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Experimental Scientist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Radiation Protection Officer
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Product Manager
  • Biomolecular Physicist
  • Beam Telecommunication Engineers
  • Materials Scientist
  • Computer Scientist
  • IT Consultant
  • Analyst
  • Professor
  • Executive Director
  • Chief Operating Officer


Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • Universities worldwide
  • Australian & NZ Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
  • Department of Defence Science and Technology (DST)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRO)
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
  • Australian Synchrotron
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Australia Telescope National Facility
  • IP Australia
  • High Schools/Colleges Australia-wide
  • IMB Bank
  • Defence and Security Amendum Ltd
  • DX Solutions
  • BrainLab (Germany)
  • Euro Information (France)
  • Jablonski Physics Services (USA)
  • Petroleum Institute (UAE)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (USA)

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Below are examples of graduate employers who take Electrical Engineering graduates into their graduate programs.

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers:

Course information

What can I do to be proactive right now?

  • CRL100 and CRLP200 are elective subjects that help you clarify career direction & obtain work experience.
  • Further information on future prospects, salaries and future trends for particular roles of interest can be found in Job Outlook.
  • You can also explore the careers of other UOW graduates on the LinkedIn Alumni tool
  • Access the Hidden Job Market to find employment with small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).
  • Find out about Graduate Recruitment Programs, fast tracked career pathway programs for graduates.
  • Career Action Plan gives you concrete actions throughout your degree to pursue your career goals
  • Career Central Resources are easy to access and can provide you with knowledge about employment
  • CareerHub Plus is an online library to improve student, graduate and alumni employability
  • CareerSmart/CareerSmart Discovery Tool are comprehensive & interactive career development tools