What Can I do With a Degree in Physics?
Career Center Library Resources
The Career Center Library 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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- Nuclear Imaging Technologist
- 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.
- American Institute of Physics Job Opportunities — "Job Opportunities is an online searchable jobs database, which is updated daily. There are hundreds of jobs posted each month..."
- Internships in the Physical Sciences — Internship resources from the American Institute of Physics.
- American Physical Society Job Openings — Small list of jobs for physicists.
- Monster.com — Jobsearch — Search with keyword 'physics' yielded 1284 jobs on 12/3/01.
- Sloan Career Cornerstone Center — Job listings for Physics Majors
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 the Career Center's 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.
- Ash Grove Cement Company — Chemical Analyst
- Boeing Employment — Job Search — Search jobs database by keyword.
- Cadmus Group, The — Analyst
- Columbia Basin College — Physics Instructor
- Columbia Sportswear Company — Telecommunications Engineer III
- Contra Costa County — Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee
- Cowlitz County — Environmental Health Specialist 1-2
- Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) — Environmental Jobs
- FEI— Manufacturing Technician
- HSBC USA — Customer Information Management Analyst
- Intel Corporation — Semiconductor Manufacturing Technicians
- KMH Environmental Management, Inc. — Environmental Technician
- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation — Reliability Engineering Manager
- Mentor Graphics — Careers — Sample job title: Software Development Engineer
- Mercer Delta Company — Fulfillment Coordinator
- Merix Corporation — Laboratory Technician I/II
- Micron Technology, Inc. — Parametric Engineer, FAB Engineer
- Microsoft Corporation — Software Engineering Apprentice (SEA) Program
- Mt. Hood Community College — Science Lab Coordinator
- National Research Council — Research Associateship Programs
- Nichols Research — Search jobs database by keyword.
- Oregon Department of Energy — Program Technician 2 - Energy Specialist
- Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) — Engineering Specialist 3 (Project Inspector)
- Oregon State University — Faculty Research Assistant - Pesticide Sprayer Technology, Faculty Research Assistant, MCAREC, Postdoctoral Research Associate - Oceanographic Data Assimilation
- Oregon State University - College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences — Postdoctoral Research Associate -Oceanic CTZ
- OverEngineering Corporation — Software Engineer II
- Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc. — Test Engineer
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC): Job Opportunities — "SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States." Sample job titles include entry-level research scientist, Junior Systems Analyst, Junior Programmer Analyst, and General Scientist.
- US Navy Recruiting, Portland District — Instructor
- WaferTech — Product Engineer
- Xerox Corporation — Physics Engineer
- Physics in High School and 2-Year Colleges — Report from the American Institute of Physics.
- American Institute of Physics.
- Trends in Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Physics and Astronomy — Report from the American Institute of Physics.
- Latest Employment Data for Physicists — Report from the American Institute of Physics.
- SURFing the Physics Lab — "The Physics Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has a 12 week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program providing hands-on research experience in Atomic, Molecular, Optical, Radiation and Chemical Physics."
- PhysicsWeb Job Listings — From Institute of Physics Publishing. Lists academic and nonacademic jobs in the UK.
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