Careers for Physics Graduates
July 21, 2014 3:21 PM Subscribe
A couple of years ago, I graduated from [famous university] with a decent bachelors in physics. Since then, I've been working in a job which I'm going to be slightly opaque about, but I'm basically a ‘radiation physicist’ who gets paid by the government. I'm finding lots of aspects of this job unsatisfying and I'm looking for a career change. What are good avenues to explore for physics graduates?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The main issue with my job is that despite my description, I do very little physics, and I don’t feel like I'm learning or having to think about anything. I'm not sure I've seen an equation for months; instead I go through a lot of legislation/regulations/bureaucracy, which I find tedious. I’d like to find a career that feels challenging, and lets me use the skills I gained at college, even if I'm not doing physics directly. There are a few other problems with the place I work too, which add up to an environment that I’d rather get out of, if I can come up with a good exit strategy.
I looked at some previous questions on this general subject, and a lot of posters suggested jobs in software development. That sounds tempting, and I've done a bit of coding before (C, Java, Matlab), though nothing big or commercial so obviously I’d need a lot of practice, some studying and maybe some classes to be competitive. If I wanted to get a developer job, what would be the best way to go about this, and does it sound like a good idea?
Also, are there any other career options I should look into? I’d rather stay away from the military and from finance, and I've had enough of bureaucracy and regulations for a while. I’d also prefer to be in a career with a good work-life balance than to earn $$$, but I'm open to any suggestions.
Finally, I've got some savings, and should be able to get some tutoring work, so I think I’d be able to take up to a year away from having a stable job if it’s necessary to learn some skills / take some courses / do a masters if I need to.