Education and communications
The education and communications sector attracts many physicists who want to pass on their enthusiasm to a new generation of scientists. If you feel that you have the enthusiasm and passion to stimulate young people's interest in science, then teaching could be a perfect choice. A postgraduate qualification in teaching, such as the postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) in the UK, is the usual route into a teaching career, while the Institute of Physics offers a range of support and resources for practicing teachers.
Alternatively, you may wish to communicate your passion for physics to a wider audience. Science journalism, technical marketing and PR, and STM publishing are all possible career paths for you to investigate.
Case study: A conference of our own
Setting up a brand-new student-run conference isn’t easy, but for Adam O’Connell and Reaal Khalil, it was an opportunity to develop skills that a standard physics degree course just doesn’t provide. Here, they reflect on their experiences.
Case study: Teaching with technology
When David Vernier left his job as a physics teacher to start his own company, he discovered that lessons learned in the classroom would serve him well in the business world.
Case study: Applied knowledge
Jennifer King explains how group industrial projects can help physics students to build real-world skills within a university environment.
Case study: Curating the space–time continuum
Alison Boyle describes how working in a science museum offers plenty of variety and the chance to interact with great scientists – past and present.
Case study: Tools for learning
Some instruments in teaching laboratories may look old-fashioned, but those wooden boxes can hold surprisingly advanced equipment. George Herold describes his career designing experiments for undergraduate labs.
Case study: Make the switch to teaching
Becoming a physics teacher is not just an option for new graduates. Tom De Trafford explains how he traded in his career in finance for teaching.
Case study: Making outreach work
Lisa Jardine-Wright offers some advice on ensuring that physics outreach is more than just a "fun day out" for students, volunteers and academics.