Careers and Entrepreneurship

Physics & Astronomy

Find out what you can do with a Physics degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Alternative Science Careers - Actuarial and Insurance - Energy & Utilities - Teaching - IT, Computing and Data Science - Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Physics and Astronomy graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Physics and Astronomy graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 94% of respondents were in work or further study. 94% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that Physics and Astronomy graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: South East Water - Atkins - MASS - Arqiva - IBM - The Security Bureau - Forward3D - Nomura - Ovo Energy - RSM - JHC - Sword Apak - AquaQ Analytics - Salesforce - iProov - KLDiscover - Northamptonshire County Council

Job roles: Performance Analyst - Business Consultant - Junior Developer - Trainee PPC Analyst - Stress Testing - Tax Assistant - Trainee Solutions Developer - Software Engineer - Graduate Financial Software Developer - Marketing Cloud Primary Engineer - Data Analyst - Associate Technologist - Social Worker

Further study: MSc Physics (Sussex) - PhD Physics (Sussex) - PhD Biological Interfaces with Nanotechnology (Sussex) - PhD Astronomy (Sussex) - MSc Quantum Technology (Sussex) - PhD Physics (Oxford) - MAST Applied Mathematics (Cambridge) - MSc Medical Physics (University of Surrey, King's College London) - MSc Machine Learning and Data Mining (Université Jean Monnet) - MSc Computer Science (University of Warwick) - PGCE Secondary (University of Bristol)

More ideas

  • Your degree in Physics - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Physics and Astronomy graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Physics and Astronomy include attention to detail, interpersonal skills, data and analysis, motivation, numerical skills and teamwork.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

Finding opportunities