Physical Sciences and space

Sector overview

Overview of the science and pharmaceuticals sector 

A-Z of Careers with Physics: Physics students are told they can ‘do anything’ with a degree in physics but what types of careers can you pursue?  This SEPnet A-Z poster gives you ideas for lots of physics-related jobs and specialist fields which you might be interested in.

Typical job profiles


Research Scientist

Science writer

Useful online resources

Institute of Physics 2020 Careers Guide includes graduate case studies and an employer directory 

Institute of Physics Careers website

British Nuclear Medicine Society careers information

Careers in Aerospace

Careers in Quantum (pdf) - careers guide from Qureca

Institute of Physics careers information

Talent Scotland

Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems - YouTube video

The Science Council has identified 10 types of scientist working today. Which one are you?

Website about Space Careers developed by UKSEDS, the UK's national student space society


Job sites and specialist recruiters

AstraZeneca technology graduate programme

Bright recruits - physicsworld jobsite

British Antartic Survey - careers information and jobs board

Catapult - Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN)

CERN offer a range of work experience opportunities to students



Jobs in Science

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) advertises vacancies, PhD opportunities and has information about their various placement, apprenticeship and work experience schemes

Photonics Landscape - use this tool to identify UK phototonics companies

Space Careers jobs board

SUPA Connect jobs board (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance)

Talent Scotland

Technology Scotland - includes list of members

Health Service careers

Clinical Scientists - NHS Scotland training programme

NHS England Scientist Training Programme

NHS Scotland Careers information for healthcare science

Health Careers: Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 

Medical Physics careers - this article explores many job options

NHS Management Training Scheme

A career in Radiography 

Working in medical physics video interview with a trainee clinical scientist

Medical Writing 

Useful information about careers in medical communication

Careers in Medical Writing information sheet

Associate Medical Writer training programme information sheet 


Professional bodies

Institute of Physics (IOP)

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)

The Nuclear Institute