Physics explores questions like: How did the universe start? How will it end? What is a black hole? Is time travel possible? Physics is the foundation of most modern technologies. About one third of all physicists work in public service industries, one third in private industry, and one third in secondary and higher education. Some physicists work on problems at the frontiers of knowledge, others tackle the challenging problems which arise in the application of physical ideas to industrial and engineering problems. Physics graduates are also employed in occupations such as education, medicine, computing and finance.
Astronomers use complex equipment to study the stars and galaxies.
Climatologists study long term interactions between weather and the environment.
Geophysicists use skills and instruments to understand and predict earth movements related to volcanoes and earthquakes.
Materials scientists and technologists are involved in a range of areas like transport, sport, aerospace, communications, medicine and energy.
Medical physicists apply physical sciences to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Metallurgists study and apply the properties of materials, and their behaviour under stress.
Meteorologists study the atmosphere and its interaction with the Earth’s surface, particularly in relation to weather.
Planetary scientists study the interaction between the sun and the solar system.
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