Jobs & Internships
As a physics graduate, you will have a wealth of options upon completion of your degree. While some students will pursue further specialization in graduate school, many others will enter the workforce directly. Still others will take a "gap year" to explore options, volunteer with agencies such as the Peace Corps, or travel. Whatever the case, you will emerge from your undergraduate education with career possibilities in a variety of fields.
During the course of your physics program, you’ll develop skills in advanced mathematics, high level problem-solving, critical thinking, data analysis, laboratory instrumentation, electronics, and computer programming. Each of these skills is a huge asset to you and your marketability, and companies are constantly on the lookout for employees with your capabilities and skills. For this very reason, the list of employment options for physics graduates is virtually endless.
In practice, many physics majors are successful in careers with job titles such as systems engineer, software developer, research scientist, systems analyst, lab technician, science teacher, etc. Typical employers hiring physics majors include engineering firms, technology-based companies and start-ups, computer hardware and software companies, national research laboratories, universities, and public schools. Indeed, the list of possibilities is limited only by your creativity and desire.