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Find the career path that suits you!

Think that studying physics at university only limits you to a career in research? Think again. Your physics training gets you further than you think. 

Explore the different career pathways physics could possibly lead you on by reading the career profiles of physics graduates. We feature a different physics graduate each month in our monthly AIP newsletter bulletin. Some are also featured in our quarterly Australian Physics magazine.

 How has physics shaped your career?

Physics training has helped shape the careers of physics graduates in diverse careers outside of research and academia.

This year we found physicists communicating on stage, modelling markets in financial services, helping energy companies run more efficiently, cleaning up contaminated sites, representing their community in Victorian Parliament, and more.

Our 2022 #PhysicsGotMeHere physicists’ career paths and roles may differ, but they share an appreciation for the analytical and problem-solving abilities gained from a foundation in physics.

“The tricks a physics education teaches you about approaching problems, identifying the critical features, and breaking them down into useful units, are all universally useful.”– Dr Sean Manning, CEO, Ziltek.

“Physics research throws a lot of really hard problems at us. Knowing that we have solved some of these gives me great confidence that we can do anything.” – Prof Daniel Shaddock, CEO and co-founder of Liquid Instruments.

“As physicists, we can see this extra layer of existence that others don’t: photons interacting with electrons, cosmic rays travelling through the air, atoms being mostly empty space… Other people might be curious about this quantum world too, which is why I put together a comedy show.” – Rachel Rayner, Science Communicator, CSIRO.

See all of our 2022 #PhysicsGotMeHere profilesWould you like to share how physics shaped your career? Or nominate someone you know with a career path that grew from physics? Email to be considered for our 2023 #PhysicsGotMeHere profiles.


Working in state government as a STEM ambassador:

Read Prof Tien Kieu MP's profile here.


Building and managing supercomputers that process seismic data:

Read Dr Stuart Midgely's profile here

Science-related business

Co-founding and being CEO of a lab instrument company:

Read Prof Daniel Shaddock's profile here


Applying non-linear dynamical systems theory to infectious disease data:

Read Dr James McCaw's profile here

Technical writing

Creating documentation for hydroacoustic data analysis software:

Read Dr Vasaant Krishnan's profile here


Analysing labour market trends for the Department of Education:

Read Dr Sarah Midgley OAM's profile here


Overseeing the daily running of the AIP, including managing finances: 

Read Nicole Reynolds' profile here

Science communication

Performing physics comedy and being a comms advisor:

Read Rachel Rayner's profile here.

Patent law

Establishing and maintaining patents for innovative research and work:

Read Dr Phil Burns' profile here

Medical physics

Specialising in diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy:

Read Dr Shermiyah Rienecker's profile here


Treating unwell children in a paediatric intensive care unit: 

Read Dr Rebecca Pearce's profile here

Cyber security

Guiding banks to secure themselves against cyber threats:  

Read Sarah Lugay's profile here

You could also have a career in Data Analysis, Regulation/Quality monitoring, Veterinary Medicine, Philosophy, Training, Visual Effects, and more.

Explore more career profiles here:

#PhysicsGotMeHere 2022
#PhysicsGotMeHere 2021
#PhysicsGotMeHere 2020
#PhysicsGotMeHere 2019

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