Industrial Physics

Physicists in industry have made possible the technological advances of modern products that make our lives safer, better, and easier as well as improving the security and infrastructure of our Nation. 

More than 50% of physics students get their first permanent job in industry. APS has begun a critical new effort of engaging industrial physicists including creating a new staff position to manage programs serving industrial physicists and to educate students about jobs in industry.

APS IMPact: Industrial Mentoring for Physicists


Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) is a new mentoring program intended to connect graduate students and postdocs with physicists who work in industry. Over 400 mentors and mentees are participating, and many mentees have received invaluable information that will help them chart a course to successful careers.

To find out more about this program click on the IMPact logo above. Signing up as a mentor or a mentee is easy, and you must be an APS member to participate. Mentors, make an impact in someone’s life by signing up today. Mentees, learn more about career options regardless of what path you ultimately choose. Questions? Email
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Actualization of the Internet of Things

April 17-19, 2017
Monterey Conference Center
Monterey, CA

Topical conference organized by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics. Join fellow physicists, scientists, and engineers from across the technological spectrum in cross disciplinary conversations and innovation that will be necessary to build the Internet of Things. Check the conference page for more details.

Employment of Physics Degree Holders

Employment of Physics Degree Holders by Sector
* Ph.D. data include on potentially permanent jobs, excluding temporary faculty and postdoc positions. Data from AIP Statistical Research Center for 2011-2012 cohorts.

Steven Lambert, APS Industrial Physics Fellow

LambertSteven Lambert joined the APS staff to improve the visibility of and service to industrial physics by collaborating on sessions and job fairs at meetings, engaging with early career programs to highlight industrial options, and advocating for the viewpoint of industrial physicists within the Society.

Industry Day: Physics at Work for You

Wednesday, March 15 at the APS March Meeting 2017
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 292
New Orleans, LA
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All March Meeting attendees are welcome. Industry Day is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and physicists working in industry and national labs to network with their peers. Students and early career physicists considering non-academic careers can see first hand the broad range of pursuits available to physicists. This year’s Industry Day theme is "Physics at Work for You," which captures the idea that industrial physicists engage in product development and advanced technology that has a direct impact on the public. Speakers will describe both leading edge developments and well-established projects that may already be a part of your daily life.

APS Forum in Industrial & Applied Physics

APS FIAP is the largest APS unit with more than 6,300 members. The unit's objective is to enhance the Society's ability to meet the needs of the industrial and applied physics community, and help the Society take advantage of the evolving opportunities in the practice and application of physics.
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Workshop on National Issues in Industrial Physics

FIAP 2014In 2014, FIAP and APS jointly held a workshop which brought together mid-level and senior industrial physicists from diverse industries to identify and prioritize issues important to U.S. industrial physics.
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