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Research, advising or teaching… there are many fields open to you! Physics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You can then pursue a career in business or continue in the academic world.

== Business ==

If you opt for the business sector, you could pursue a career in industry, helping to develop technological innovations. Automation companies also like to employ physicists. The SME sector, consultancy and engineering firms are also increasingly looking for physicists.

== Research ==

Once you have your Master's degree, you could find employment with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute). You can also carry out PhD research at a university.

== Not the same as technology ==

Large organizations such as banks and insurance companies like to employ physicists because of their analytical skills. As a physicist you can formulate a model to describe, predict and solve an issue. This is useful in positions that involve conducting analyses. There was a period during which McKinsey, the global consultancy firm, preferred to recruit only physicists!


Veel studenten kiezen voor een carrière in het bedrijfsleven. Een deel van de afgestudeerden kiest er bewust voor te werken bij een multinational of bij een bedrijf in het buitenland. Ook kun je terecht bij het midden- en kleinbedrijf, zoals advies- en ingenieursbureaus.

Het bedrijfsleven - in zowel Nederland als het buitenland - houdt van natuurkundigen. Vanwege de grote technische kennis die een afgestudeerde heeft, maar ook vanwege de algemene vaardigheid van een natuurkundige om te analyseren. Deze vaardigheid komt ook van pas in adviesfuncties en functies waarin analyses maken belangrijk is.

== Onderzoek & Onderwijs ==

Na je studie kun je ook onderzoek gaan doen bij instituten, zoals het KNMI of TNO, of kiezen voor een wetenschappelijke carrière als onderzoeker bij de universiteit. En als je de minor Educatie of de master Educatie en Communicatie in de Bètawetenschappen hebt gedaan, kun je bijvoorbeeld aan de slag in het onderwijs als docent natuurkunde of als voorlichter bij een bedrijf.

== Divers genoeg ==

Afgestudeerde natuurkundigen van de universiteit werken onder andere bij Akzo Nobel, AMC Amsterdam, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, Dutch Space BV, Corus, ING Bank, KLM, King's College London, KPN, Gasunie, Philips, Shell, Stedelijk Gymnasium 's-Hertogenbosch, TNO, Technische Universiteit Delft, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, University of Melbourne.

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