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Career Connections

Physics is a major branch of the physical sciences and involves the study of matter and energy. It attempts to find out how and why physical matter and energy interact as well as to describe force, motion, and gravity. It is considered the foundation of science and technology. Physics overlaps and is closely related to astronomy, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, geology, and biology.

General Information:

  • A bachelor's degree will qualify for position as research assistants, high level technicians, computer specialists or engineers and non technical work in publishing and sales. Some industries will train in the specialty of the firm e.g., manufacturing of electrical devices.
  • A bachelor's degree and certification/licensure is required to teach middle/high school.
  • Visit government laboratories or research center; talk with a physicist about his/her profession.
  • An undergraduate degree provides a solid background for pursuing advanced degree in other employment areas, e.g., law ,business, accounting, medicine ,etc .
  • A graduate degree and post doctoral experience will allow for more responsibility and advancement in the field of physics.
  • An earned doctorate is required for college/university teaching and advanced research and administrative positions.
  • Occupations in the field of physics can be adapted for workers with disabilities.
  • Join professional associations that promote the interest of physics.
  • Acquire excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Gain experience through summer employment, co-op and/or internship.
  • Gain experience with tools, electronics and machinery.
  • Learn government job application process for positions in federal, state or local government.

Occupational Possibilities

  • Applied Physicist
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biophysics
  • Engineering Mechanics Specialist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geophysicist
  • Health Physics
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Physics
  • Meteorologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Optical Physics
  • Physicist
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Semi-Conductor Process Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Solid State Physicist
  • Teacher, Science/Math/Physics
  • Technical Writer