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Department of Physics and Astronomy


Careers

In addition to acquiring specific knowledge in core areas of physics, students in our program have outstanding opportunities to participate in original cutting-edge research. The research experience provides students opportunities to develop and practice skills that are of immense value to employers and in further educational endeavors. 

Workforce success

Some of the transferable skills that students in our program will be able to demonstrate include:

  • Solving complex problems
  • Organizing scientific data
  • Form, test, and revise scientific hypotheses
  • Using specialized scientific equipment
  • Communicating technical ideas in written and verbal form
  • Building conceptual models of physical systems
  • Working in teams to execute large projects
  • Effectively managing projects
  • Capability to work independently
  • Trained to use scientific programming

 Career options by sector

The following occupations are some of the career options available to students with a degree in physics

  • Financial analyst
  • Manufacturing manager
  • Laboratory technician
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Acoustics physicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Astronomer
  • Lawyer
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Cardiac imaging researcher
  • Chemical physicist
  • Technical illustrator
  • Astrophysicist
  • Surveyor
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Congressional researcher
  • Laser technician
  • Computer specialist
  • Satellite data analyst
  • Seismologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Scientific photographer
  • Quality control manager
  • Forensic scientist
  • Automotive engineer
  • Air traffic controller
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Optometrist
  • Oceanographer
  • Biophysicist
  • Biomedical technician
  • Science journalist
  • Energy analyst