Careers in Physics

Love physics?

There are many amazing occupations suited to students who love physics. The following are three examples:

Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists: are highly specialised professionals who “create, implement and monitor the procedures which allow the best treatment using radiation, taking into account the protection and safety of patients and others involved in the treatment process. In their role, they are consulted by radiation oncologists and radiation therapists to provide advice as to the best use of medical radiation for treatment”. For information, go to

Geophysicists: study the structure and composition of zones below the surface of the earth by taking measurements using seismic, gravity, magnetic and electrical data collection methods. Geophysicists can spend their time outdoors using advanced technologies to study features of the earth, and spend time indoors using computing technology to develop and analyse mapping, calculations and modeling. Many geophysicists find work in the mining and petroleum industries. For more information, go to

Physicists: “Physicists study the behaviour of the physical world at the most basic level and find practical ways to apply new knowledge gained from their research in areas of science and technology. Physicists are usually identified within three broad roles: theoretical physicists, who develop theories or models of how particular aspects of the world work, experimental physicists, who test these theories, determining their limits and suggesting new approaches to them, and applied physicists, who apply these findings in practical settings, such as within industry and through the introduction of new technology”,

Key websites

Myfuture: create an account > click on Career Bullseyes > click on Physics > click on the occupations that sound interesting to you to learn about them,

Careers with STEM: you can research the science, technology, engineering and maths careers that will be in demand in the future,

Australian Institute of Physics: learn about the different physics groups in Australia, including groups for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, and Solar Terrestrial and Space Physics,

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