Electronics and semiconductors
A strong grounding in semiconductor physics can lead to a career in scientific research or in the development of electronic components and systems for major industrial firms. You could find yourself working for an electronics consumer giant such as Philips or Intel, an optics company producing semiconductor lasers and devices, or a space or defence organization producing high-performance components. Many of these roles offer a combination of research with product development and manufacturing, so would suit you if you like to see a project through from conception to final product.
Research in an industrial organization can be an exciting and challenging alternative to academia. Jos van Haaren describes the varied lives of the physicists working at Philips Research Laboratories