Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. It covers everything from the nature of sub-atomic particles to the workings of the entire universe, and provides the foundations on which many other sciences such as chemistry, geology, engineering and technology are built.
Many different people use Physics in their everyday work, including:
- Electronics engineers design equipment and systems based on the movement of electrons.
- Engineering geologists assess earth conditions to make sure they're suitable for building on.
- Medical physicists use radiation to treat people's cancers.
- Structural engineers design buildings, bridges and dams that can withstand the forces of earthquakes.
If you like Physics, one of the jobs in the top panel could be right for you. You can also read the stories of people who enjoyed studying Physics at school, many of whom use it in their day-to-day work.
Why should I take Physics at school?
Studying Physics in your final year at secondary school will keep your tertiary options open:
- You'll need 12 Level 2 credits in Physics to get into the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE).
- Generally you'll need 14 Level 3 credits in Physics for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology
- The entry requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering degree typically includes 16 Level 3 credits in Physics.
- 16 Level 3 credits in Physics are part of the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Food Technology degree.
- To enrol in most first-year Physics papers at university you will need at least 14 credits at Level 3.