Future Careers

Why Physics?

Physics will enable you to pursue challenging, exciting, and productive careers. Physics is present in many specialized fields – from astronomy & astrophysics to nanotechnology, with medical physics, geophysics, microelectronics, engineering, chemistry, biophysics, etc, in between. Physics also offers a variety of work activities – research and development opportunities, technician, teacher, manager. Physics will open you doors to employment opportunities throughout the world in government, industry, schools, and private organizations.

Many physics students who earn their B.S. degrees in physics that are interested in research areas such as classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, relativity, astrophysics, optics, health science, bio-physics, condensed mater physics, and geophysics continue their studies in graduate school or go directly into the work force into entry level positions. After graduate school, many new PhDs work in universities, national laboratories, or industry laboratories as professional physicists.

According to a survey that was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor found that “a physics degree was an excellent preparation for many careers not necessarily associated with physics (e.g. law, business, medicine). Employers value the technical and problem-solving skills that students acquire in the course of their physics studies.” Also, according to American Institute of Physics, more than 54% of physics bachelors were enrolled in graduate school and 41% of physics bachelors were employed, so less than 5% of bachelors were seeking employment.

What Can I Do With a Major in Physics?
An article about the career options with a degree in Physics from careerthoughts.com.

Physics Careers: To the bachelor’s Degree and Beyond
A presentation slide about Physics careers from Crystal Bailey, American Physical Society.

Salaries and Employment Categories
From American Institute of Physics

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Purdue Univ. Physics Job Board


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Physics Today Job Search


Monster.com for College Graduates


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