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Welcome to Physics World Careers 2020, a complete guide to career opportunities for physics graduates.

As we celebrate the centenary of the Institute of Physics (IOP), I am delighted to welcome you to this packed career guide, brought to you by the editorial team behind our flagship member magazine, Physics World.

When t he I OP was f ounded 100 ye a r s ago, i t was set up specifically to improve the professional status of physicists, who until then had largely been restricted to ac ademic c a r e e r pa t h s . O ve r t he l a s t c en t u r y, however, the opportunities for physicists have grown enormously.

Through the features, interviews, analyses and profiles in this guide, you will see just how useful a physics degree can be. There are a wide variety of different areas and sectors in which you can work. My own career went from studying physics as an undergraduate to a rewarding career in business as chief executive of Oxford Instruments plc.

If you want more information, remember that the IOP provides all sorts of additional resources and guidance to support its members at every stage of their career. You can find out more about the IOP’s careers and professional development at

I hope you find this guide useful, as you select and embark upon a rewarding and fulfilling career that exploits the skills that you have developed through your physics degree.

Jonathan Flint President, Institute of Physics

Physics World  Careers 2020

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