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Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Geophysicist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Nuclear Imaging Technologist
  • Astronomer

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Physics Majors

  • Major: Physics — From the Academic Advising and Career Development Center at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Lists potential job titles for physics majors and answers frequently asked questions about a major in physics.
  • What can I do with a major in...Physics? — Produced by the Career Services Center at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina. Includes job titles of UNCW students who graduated with a physics major.
  • Physics —Lists potential job titles and related skills. From the University Career and Employment Services at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • College Majors and Career Opportunities - Physics — Lists related occupations and types of employers. From Career Services, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Physicists and Astronomers — From the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Physics: What Can I Do With This Major? — Outlines common career areas, identifies typical employers, and suggests general strategies to enhance employability. From Career Services at the University of Tennessee.

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Physics Majors

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Places of Employment 

Physics majors may find employment in a variety of fields depending on their skills and experience. Places of employment for physics majors include: government agencies, businesses (high-tech, research, engineering, and consulting firms) and educational institutions. The organizations linked below have posted positions that require either a bachelor's or master's degree in physics.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested physics majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for physics majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Department of Physics - Portland State University

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