Careers in Physics

Yogesh Vohra in the lab

With the demand for STEM-skilled workers growing, physics graduates face a low rate of unemployment and a high rate of return on their educational investment. This increasing marketability helps physics students achieve their career goals in today’s global economy. And because physics is the basis for most modern technology, a physics degree gives students the flexibility to find a job in almost any field.

Unlike in the past, less than 5% of Physics graduates now pursue careers as physics professors. The rest find excellent jobs in Engineering (30%), Computer and Information Systems (24%), other STEM areas (13%), and non-STEM areas including Medical professions (30%). Related careers include medical research, financial and legal services, product design and development, computer programming and software development, education, and more.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of fields and at a variety of companies and institutions, including:

  • Research Laboratories
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Army Research Lab
  • Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • Education
  • University of West Georgia
  • University of Montevello, AL
  • Industry
  • Vista Engineering
  • ALTAIR Center
  • Medicraft, Inc.
  • Intel Corporation

Career Resources

Physics provides students with an excellent academic preparation for a variety of careers upon graduation, and there are many resources available to help you start or advance your career.

The University's Career Center is a great place to get started. The center provides information on employment opportunities, assists with job skill development including interviewing and resume writing, sponsors jobs fairs, and much more! We encourage all students considering a career in a STEM, medical, health, teaching, financial, or business-related field to explore the following resources:

You can research your job prospects through the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook; revised every two years, it describes working conditions, training and education needed, and expected earnings and job prospects.