What Can I do With a Degree in Physics?

Quick Links for this page:

List of Employers and Job Titles

The following list of employers and job titles was generated by searching the PSU jobs database Handshake, WorkSource Oregon, indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, and LinkedIn using the keyword “physics”. This list does not represent every possible job title/employer for someone who studied physics. ACS provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for further exploration.

  • 64 Audio:  Research and Development Engineer
  • AMEWAS: RCS Engineer
  • Applied Optoelectronics:  MBE Growth Engineer, Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) Growth Engineer
  • ASML:  Field Application Engineer, Local Site Coordinator, Team Leader, GSE Engineer
  • Azimuth:  Materials Research Scientist, Laser Optics Lab Scientist
  • Battelle:  Test Engineer, Cyber Material Scientist, Cyber Embedded Systems Engineer III, Embedded Systems Engineer, Cyber Hardware Design / Engineer, FPGA.ASIS Synthesis Designer, Researcher, Software Engineer II
  • Bruker: Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (TXRF) Application Specialist
  • Coherent:  Manufacturing Engineer
  • Columbia Sportswear Company: Telecommunications Engineer III
  • County of Sonoma:  Land Use Health Specialist I
  • Cowlitz County:  Environmental Health Specialist 1-2
  • DAT Solutions:  Product Analyst
  • Datalogic:  Manufacturing Development Engineer
  • Demand Energy Networks:  Data Analyst
  • Electromagnetic Technologies:  Scientist (entry level)
  • ExoAnalytic Solutions:  Physicist (entry level)
  • Genentech:  Associate Director - Process Engineering
  • Guardian Industries:  Thin Films Process Engineer
  • Hitachi High Technologies America: Electron Microscopist
  • HP:  Product Development Engineer, Writing Systems - System Integration Engineer
  • Insitu: RF -  Electrical Engineer 2, Systems Engineer 1 - Air Quality, Engine Design Engineer 2, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technicians
  • Intel: Manufacturing Technician, Failure Analysis Technician
  • Jireh Semiconductor: OQC Quality Engineer
  • KMH Environmental Management, Inc.: Environmental Technician
  • Lam Research:  Product Engineer, Field Service Engineer
  • Lattice Semiconductor Corporation:  Reliability Engineering Manager
  • Linear Technology:  Process Engineering Technician
  • Lockheed Martin:  Metrologist
  • Maxim Integrated:  AMTS - Reliability, Photo Process Engineer
  • Mentor Graphics:  Corporate Marketing Engineer, Technical Writer (IC Design and Verification)
  • Microchip Technology:  Senior Process Engineer, Senior Yield Enhancement Engineer - Wafer Inspection
  • Micro Systems Engineering:  Quality Systems Engineer
  • Micron Technology:  Parametric Engineer, FAB Engineer
  • NIKE:  Data Scientist - Personalization, Data Scientist - Targeting Optimization
  • Nikon Precision:  Applications Engineer
  • nLIGHT:  Manufacturing Technician, Component Product Engineer
  • ON Semiconductor:  Process Development Engineer
  • Optics11:  Applications Scientist (Sales and Support)
  • Oregon Department of Energy:   Program Technician 2 - Energy Specialist
  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT):  Engineering Specialist 3 (Project Inspector)
  • Pipeworks:  Engineer I
  • Rockwell Collins:  Systems Engineer
  • Samtec:  Signal Integrity Consultant, Signal Integrity Applications Engineer, Reliability Engineer
  • Schrödinger:  Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Software Solutions Unlimited:  Data Scientist
  • Tektronix:  Senior EMC Engineer
  • The Cadmus Group:   Analyst
  • ThermoFisher Scientific:   Software Engineer 1, Applications Engineer, Applications Scientist
  • Toptal: Growth Specialist
  • Upton County Environmental Health Department:  Public Health Environmental Specialist
  • UTC Aerospace Systems:  Targeting Guidance & Navigation Engineer
  • Voxtel:  Electro-Optical Systems Engineer
  • WaferTech:  Product Engineer
  • Xerox Corporation:  Physics Engineer

Return to the top

Careers Reported by Physics Majors (Recent Graduates) on College/University Surveys


This is a list of jobs Physics majors have chosen; it DOES NOT REPRESENT every career possibility for Physics majors. This list was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Please be aware that internships or other career-related experience may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation.  Advising & Career Services provides this list only as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Applications Engineer for a nanotechnology company
  • Assistant Trader for a global trading and technology firm
  • Associate Software Engineer for a software company
  • Associate for a strategy and analytics consulting firm
  • Business Analyst for a management consulting firm
  • Business Development Consultant for a computer technology corporation
  • Consultant for a semiconductor manufacturing company
  • Consultant for an IT management consulting firm
  • Core Speech Support Engineer for speech recognition software used in healthcare
  • Data Analyst for a digital marketing strategies company
  • Data Analyst for a healthcare data analytics software company
  • Data Center Engineer for a social media platform
  • Data Scientist for a management and IT consulting firm
  • Data Scientist for a private equity firm
  • Data Scientist for a cyber security solutions firm
  • Designer for a technology start up company
  • Engineer for an applied physics lab at a private research university
  • Engineer for an aerospace firm
  • Engineer for a chemical process manufacturer
  • Fellow for federal agency supporting biomedical and public health
  • Gameplay Programmer for an independent game development studio
  • Geophysicist for and oil and energy company
  • Investment Banking Analyst for a finance company
  • IT Engineer for a managed care consortium
  • Junior Quantum Engineer for a quantum computing company
  • Lab Manager for a university
  • Marketing Engineer for a marketing technology company
  • Operations and Logistics Manager for a transportation company
  • Optical Engineer for an optical technology company
  • Process Engineer for a medical device developer/manufacturer
  • Product Manager for an advertising software company
  • Production Scientist for a biotechnology company
  • Quantitative Analyst for investment banking and asset management company
  • Quantitative Researcher for an investment technology firm
  • Research Associate for a medical science research institute
  • Research Associate for a national laboratory
  • Research and Development Engineer for an electronics manufacturer
  • Researcher for a national security technology research lab
  • Risk Analyst for a federal agency regulating nuclear energy
  • Risk Analyst for an investment banking and financial services corporation
  • Scientist for a biotechnology company
  • Senior Cyber Security Specialist for a cyber security recruitment firm
  • Software Development Engineer for an electronic commerce company
  • Software Developer for a healthcare software company
  • Software Engineer for a consumer products company
  • Software Engineer for a social game developer
  • Software Engineer for a web/mobile application company
  • Software Engineer for multinational technology company
  • Software Engineer for a data systems consulting firm
  • Software Engineer for a medical device company
  • Software Engineer for an online ticket exchange company
  • Systems Engineer for a designer/builder of satellites and space systems
  • Technical Business Analyst for employment-related search engine
  • Technical Project Manager for an industrial product supplier
  • Technical Recruiter for a marketing firm
  • Technical Trainer for a management consulting firm
  • Test Engineer for defense and space contractor

Return to the topCareers Reported by Physics Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in physics. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Software Developers
  • Physical Scientists
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Astronomers and Physicists
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Financial Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Sales Representatives
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Construction Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Designers
  • Mathematicians and Statisticians
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Clergy
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Technical Writers
  • Database Administrators
  • Writers and Authors
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Social Workers
  • Materials Engineers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Web Developers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Dentists
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Physician Assistants
  • Compliance Officers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Counselors
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Biomedical and Agricultural Engineers
  • Librarians

Return to the top

Professional Associations

Return to the top

Miscellaneous

Department of Physics - Portland State University

Return to the top