Career Prospects

Physics and Applied Physics graduates are equipped with a flexible skill-set that includes the ability to formulate models and test them against data, familiarity with cutting-edge technical equipment, and experience in using experimental and theoretical methods to tackle open-ended problems. This makes them highly suitable for a broad range of fulfilling occupations, including engineering and R&D (research and development) in industry and academia, education, finance, software development, and professional positions.

The wide variety of jobs found by Physics and Applied Physics graduates can be observed in the following results from the Graduate Employment Survey sponsored by the Ministry of Education (aggregated from 2013—2017 data, with 178 respondents):

  • 23% Engineering, Manufacturing, and Product Design
  • 20% Scientific Research and other R&D
  • 14% Management, Operations, Human Resources (HR), and Sales
  • 11% Software Development
  • 8% Education (primary and secondary school, junior college, and technical institutes)
  • 6% Government (ministries, statutory boards, armed forces, and police)
  • 6% Finance
  • 12% Other

Graduate Testimonials

I work as an optics engineer in a local company supplying custom machine vision solutions to businesses. I design optical systems for inspecting very specific products, for which there is no off-the-shelf solution. During my time as an Applied Physics student, apart from learning physics theories, there were plenty of practical opportunities through lab, research, and projects, which developed my skills in troubleshooting, data analysis, and critical thinking. This kind of learning experience is highly valuable in the modern world of multidisciplinary engineering.

Chua Chern Fei
Optics Engineer, Emage Vision

BSc (Hons) In Applied Physics, Class of 2011

For me, an SPMS Physics education was not only about picking up technical and technological skills, but also about being curious and developing passion for one’s subject of study. I believe this shaped us to be creative, adaptive and nimble in picking up new skills and knowledge. These are lifelong lessons which impacted me positively beyond the classroom and in the workforce.

“I would also like to shout out to my friends and professors in SPMS, whose brilliance and determination I am thankful for and humbled by. It was my great fortune to have shared a path with you!

Darrell Tay
Data Scientist, Agoda

BSc (Hons) In Physics, Class of 2012