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Information below provided by the IMVC in their Subject Selection Kit

Why Study PHYSICS?

Physics is a theoretical and empirical science, which contributes to our understanding of the physical universe from the minute building blocks of matter to the unimaginably broad expanses of the Universe. This understanding has significance for the way we understand our place in the Universe.

Physics includes the use of theories and models, investigation of hypotheses, collection and analysis of data, drawing conclusions, and selection and use of a range of appropriate technologies and mathematical techniques.

Knowledge in physics is gained through complex processes. For example, theories developed as a result of studying the ways that matter interacts with matter, and the ways that light and matter mutually interact, have lead to innovations in medicine, electronics, energy use, telecommunications and materials science.

This study design provides a curriculum that is interesting and challenging for students with a wide range of expectations, including students who are aiming for medical, engineering, technological and science-based careers.

 (Extracted from V.C.A.A. Study Summary: Physics 2005-2008)

PHYSICS – industry & related information Australian Institute of Physics. promoting the role of physics in industry, education, research and the community. VicPhysics, a resource for Physics teachers in Victoria run by the Education Committee of the Victorian Branch of the AIP.

Nuclear Physics Department at ANU (Australian National University)

Career Possibilities Related to PHYSICS:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Agricultural engineer/scientist
  • Foundry worker
  • Agronomist
  • Geophysicist
  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Hydrographer
  • Air traffic controller
  • Instrument Fitter
  • Architect
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Astronomer
  • Marine scientist
  • Audiometrist
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Audiovisual technician
  • Metal trades assistant
  • Automotive tradesperson
  • Metallurgical technician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Meteorological technical officer
  • Biophysicist
  • Nuclear medicine  technologist
  • Building technician
  • Oceanographer
  • Business equipment technician
  • Radiologist
  • Cardiac technologist
  • Radio technical officer
  • Camera operator (film,tv,video)
  • Science Teacher
  • Cartographic technician
  • Survey assistant/drafter/technician
  • Civil engineering associate/technologist
  • Toolmaker
  • Computer science technician
  • Ultrasound technician
  • Draftsperson
  • Welder
  • Defence Force Officer


  • Electrical engineering detail drafter


  • Environmental health officer