The education and communications sector attracts many physicists who want to pass on their enthusiasm to a new generation of scientists. If you feel that you have the enthusiasm and passion to stimulate young people's interest in science, then teaching could be a perfect choice. A postgraduate qualification in teaching, such as the postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) in the UK, is the usual route into a teaching career, while the Institute of Physics offers a range of support and resources for practicing teachers.
Alternatively, you may wish to communicate your passion for physics to a wider audience. Science journalism, technical marketing and PR, and STM publishing are all possible career paths for you to investigate.
Setting up a brand-new student-run conference isn’t easy, but for Adam O’Connell and Reaal Khalil, it was an opportunity to develop skills that a standard physics degree course just doesn’t provide. Here, they reflect on their experiences.
When David Vernier left his job as a physics teacher to start his own company, he discovered that lessons learned in the classroom would serve him well in the business world.
Jennifer King explains how group industrial projects can help physics students to build real-world skills within a university environment.
Alison Boyle describes how working in a science museum offers plenty of variety and the chance to interact with great scientists – past and present.
Some instruments in teaching laboratories may look old-fashioned, but those wooden boxes can hold surprisingly advanced equipment. George Herold describes his career designing experiments for undergraduate labs.
Becoming a physics teacher is not just an option for new graduates. Tom De Trafford explains how he traded in his career in finance for teaching.
Lisa Jardine-Wright offers some advice on ensuring that physics outreach is more than just a "fun day out" for students, volunteers and academics.