What can I do with a physics degree?

A degree in physics can help prepare you to do almost anything! A tremendous amount of careers benefit from the analytical and quantitative skills that physics requires, as well as the understanding of fundamental concepts behind science and technology that a physics degree provides.
So what can you do with a degree in physics?

  • Graduate School: physics, education, astronomy, biophysics, engineering, applied physics, biochemistry, economics, geophysics, oceanography, or atmospheric and environmental science.
  • Professional School: business, law, or medicine.
  • High school physics teachers: at private or public schools, or even Teach for America
  • College and University teachers: at community colleges, state universities, research universities, or liberal arts colleges.
  • Industrial Research and Development: transportation, energy, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, nanotechnology, defense, or space and satellites.
  • Government and Academic research: at national universities or laboratories.
  • Hospitals and Health Care: as medical physicist for MRI’s, doctors, MD/Ph.D.s, X-ray, or ultrasound imaging.
  • Military or National/International Service
  • Government Policy
  • Management: management consulting
  • Finance
  • Software and IT
  • Science writing/journalism
  • Technical Sales: marketing and customer support

For more information about physics-related careers, explore the links below from the American Institute of Physics:
Physics career profiles
Physics careers by sector
Companies hiring physics graduates by state
Salaries and other employment data

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