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List of Employers who Posted Jobs in Handshake for Physics Majors

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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Careers 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

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Geophysicist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Nuclear Imaging Technologist
  • Astronomer

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Professional Associations

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Department of Physics - Portland State University

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