The engineering sector covers a range of manufacturing and technology-based jobs and traditionally suffers from a shortage of qualified graduates. Engineering may be particularly attractive to physics graduates who are keen to apply their knowledge practically in the improvement and development of tangible products and processes. Many companies are happy to recruit physics graduates into engineering specialisms, and they provide extensive training.
Case study: Under sea, over land

Acoustic scientist Daniel Finfer describes life at Silixa, a start-up firm that provides fibre-optic sensing technologies to the oil and gas industry

Case study: From the universe to the Internet

Peter Cogan describes how the skills of a physicist are always in demand at Bell Labs, the research division of telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent.

Case study: Building for the future

A career in the construction industry is not an option that springs to mind for many physics graduates, but physicists play a fascinating and important role in the design of new buildings, bridges and roads, as Andrew Eastwell explains.

Case study: The route to engineering success

Getting a CEng qualification can be a smart career move for physicists working in engineering, as Michelle Jeandron finds out.

Case study: Looking for space

Kyle Palmer describes how his childhood dream of space travel led to a career at Europe's largest satellite firm

Case study: A lasting legacy

Michael Conti-Ramsden describes how a physics degree and the Great Exhibition of 1851 helped turbocharge a career based on solving practical problems in chemical engineering

Case study: A concrete foundation

The construction industry may not seem like a logical home for a physicist, but Luke Pinkerton believes that a degree in physics has been a big asset in his civil engineering career.

Case study: Ruling the seas

Paul Featonby explains how a background in physics has helped him design and build undersea diagnostic equipment for the oil and gas industry