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Physicist

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Physicists do experimental and developmental work in areas such as electronics, medicine, engineering, the environment, energy, nuclear physics, manufacturing and information technology.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Physicists in the private sector can earn from around £22,000 a year to start, rising up to around £50,000 a year with a number of years' experience.

The starting salaries for physicists in postdoctoral research posts are normally in the range £27,000 to £40,000 a year. University lecturers including senior lecturers can earn up to £52,000 a year. More senior research and teaching staff can earn over £70,000 a year.

Trainee medical physics technician working in the NHS start on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year. As an HCPC registered medical physicist you would be on Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. With experience, in senior positions, this can rise to Band 9, £92,208 to £105,650 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For most jobs you would require a degree.

You could work in a wide range of careers – in various branches of engineering, defence, ICT, medical industry, manufacturing, optics, power generation, satellite design, transport, construction, meteorology, patent agency work, business and finance. There is also a considerable demand for teachers in this area.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3498
2 %
RISE
2024
3568
  United Kingdom
2019
26777
1.6 %
RISE
2024
27209

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Institute of Physics website has a careers section at www.iop.org/careers which shows you the wide range of career opportunities open to physics graduates. They also have a website dedicated to exploring the world of physics and related careers at www.physics.org.

The Future Morph website www.futuremorph.org shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Physics (IOP)
Tel: 020 7470 4800
E-mail: education@iop.org
Website: http://www.iop.org/careers/index.html
Website (2): http://www.physics.org
Twitter: @PhysicsNews

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Tel: 01904 610821
E-mail: membership@ipem.org.uk
Website: http://www.ipem.ac.uk/
Twitter: @ipemnews

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