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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.

 Our customers like to break very expensive stuff and we like to fix it” 

Andrea Biondo – Galactic® Co-operative and Galactic® Scientific

"Physicists seem to have an open door into other disciplines due to the first principles approach that we all learn early on.”

Where I work:  Galactic® Co-operative and Galactic® Scientific

What I do: I work at Galactic® Co-operative and Galactic® Scientific on lasers, robots, spectrometers and other fun things found in labs, control rooms or wherever technology concentrations occur.

My physics background: The nanotechnology degree was what initially attracted me to the discipline, which then morphed into a physics/chemistry double major. This led to the field of extraterrestrial mineralogy, cosmology, spectrometry and analytical chemistry.

How physics has helped me get to where I am: Building and running our business requires attention to evidence-based decision-making and a fearless approach to what may appear at first to be insurmountably complicated technology problems. With the proper mindset, these problems resolve into solvable puzzles custom-made for the enjoyment of the curious mind.

Physics, as the playground of the curious mind and tempered with the requirement of evidence, is the ideal prerequisite to running a technology business.

Would 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.

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