What can I do with a physics degree?
Jobs and Employment Opportunities
Job openings in physics and physics-related areas are posted on the physics bulletin board and shelf, second floor of Gessner.
Students can also visit the Office of Career Development. They maintain a presence at CollegeCentral (updates on internship announcements) as well as a list of part-time jobs. Sometimes you can find a part-time job that, in cooperation with the employer, you can use as an internship.
Some other sites of interest are:
- From the American Institute of Physics:
- Latest Employment Data for Physicists
- Who will hire me with a physics degree?
- AIP's Career Services Division and its posting of physics-related job listings.
- AIP has a book Landing Your First Job: A Guide for Physics Students.
- Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond (courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences)
- physicsweb job search
- Check out the IEEE Job Site (originally an acronym for "Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers") or SPIEworks (from the International Society for Optical Engineering)
- The American Astronomical Society has provides a Career Services page.
- The Weather Channel has a site that explains all about becoming a meteorologist.
- The National Society of Professional Engineers has a Sightseer's Guide to Engineering
- Check out the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook. It has information on various professions, including Atmospheric Scientists, Physicists and Astronomers and Engineers.
Opportunities for Future Graduate Study
Graduate programs routinely send us information posters regarding their programs. These are stored in two loose-leaf folders in room 223.
A list of these programs is posted on the physics bulletin board, second floor of Gessner. Most include an information card that can be sent back for more information.
These graduate programs cover more than just physics. For instance, there are programs in:
- Veterinary Medicine
- Health Physics
- Storm Electricity
- Manufacturing and Logistics
- Biophysics and Neuroscience
- Public Affairs
- Environmental Science
- Paper Science
Check out the various paths that are available to a physics major!
The physics bulletin board, second floor of Gessner Hall, also has information on graduate fellowship (scholarship) information. Also in room 223 of Gessner Hall is a catalog of every US physics program.