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Careers for Physics Majors

Physics is a major branch of the physical sciences and is the study of matter and energy. It is an attentive, hands-on research based field that focuses on the physical sciences in many different aspects including astronomy and biophysics.

Common careers for physics majors:

Accident reconstruction, energy-related, patent law, software and equipment, operations planning, cryogenics, condensed matter, astronautics, aerospace, applied research.

Common job titles held by physics majors include:

  • acoustic physicist
  • astronomer
  • astrophysicist
  • atomic physicist
  • computer programmer
  • environmental analyst
  • medical technologist
  • science librarian
  • photogrammetrist

Professional skills of physics majors

  • ability to organize/analyze scientific data
  • ability to operate computers
  • ability to make critical observations
  • aptitude for details
  • ability to conduct/explain scientific research
  • proficiency in problem solving

Is a physics major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in physics? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire physics majors and alumni who majored in physics.