Physicists have an important role to play in monitoring environmental change and understanding its impact on different parts of the world. You could use your physics knowledge to carve out a career in meteorology or oceanography – both of which are crucial for understanding climate change – or to understand the forces of nature deep below the Earth.
These fields rely on capturing and analysing large amounts of data, so you could get involved in instrumentation design or complex computer modelling. Typical research avenues include investigations of airflows, monitoring variability and change, seasonal forecasting, and long-term climate prediction. Scientists working in this field must enjoy working as an individual, as well as being part of a social network that requires them to liaise and work with colleagues from around the world.
Additional qualifications can improve your chances of securing a position, although specific employers will be able to tell you whether they favour particular courses or prefer to offer their own training.
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