Careers

The key to a successful career is finding a path which fits not only your skills and interests, but also your values. Though most graduate students have only been exposed to faculty careers in academia, the truth is that fewer than 30% of Ph.D.s will have a permanent academic job.

Therefore it's incredibly important that you begin exploring all of the career options — and understanding which is best for you — early in your graduate studies. The sooner this work begins, the better your chances of successfully pursuing a career you love after graduation.

General Career Advice

The APS provides several important resources which are designed to help you learn about and successfully pursue careers — particularly in non-academic sectors.

APS Professional GuidebookAPS Online Professional Guidebook
The Guidebook is your one-stop shop for advice on key professional development areas, such as networking, interviewing, and effective resume writing.

APS Job Center LogoAPS Job Center
The APS Job Board database connects you with hundreds of science and technology jobs daily. Use of the site is FREE for job seekers.

WebinarsAPS Webinars
APS hosts a series of webinars focused on career and professional development topics.

Local Links LogoAPS Local Links
APS Local Links are locally based, informal gatherings designed to connect physicists across sectors. They are excellent networking opportunities!

Peter FiskeAPS Webinar: Putting Your Science to Work! (REQUIRES APS MEMBER LOGIN)
Celebrated career coach Peter Fiske covers key aspects of the job search process: self-assessment, building a network, informational interviews, resume writing, interviewing and negotiation, and more! For APS Members only.

Other General Career Resources

Resumes and CVs

APS Professional GuidebookAPS Tutorial on Effective Resume Writing
This brief tutorial gives instructions on how to convert a "CV-type" document into an effective, targeted, skill-based resume. Resumes are appropriate for non-academic settings.

Institute of Physics Physicist’s Guide to Writing Your CV format_pdf - a very well written guide on how to write an effective CV for academic jobs.

Other Job Boards/Career Sites

AIP Careers Website - additional career resources from the American Institute of Physics
Science Careers - a job board run by the American Association For The Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Nature - another popular science job board hosted by the journal Nature.

Industry Career Resources

Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) LogoAPS IMPact: Industry Mentoring for Physicists
The IMPact program is designed to connect graduate students with physicists who work in industry.

Meghan AnzelcAPS Webinar: Career Self Advocacy: How I Got My Six Figure Salary in the Private Sector
In this webinar, Meghan Anzelc describes her journey from high energy physics graduate student to director of predictive modeling at CNA Insurance.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Resources

Ed BertschingerAPS Webinar: Launching Your Postdoc
Edmund Bertschinger, physics department head at MIT, gives advice and strategies for successfully landing a postdoctoral position.

Academic Careers

Neal AbrahamAPS Webinar: Physics Faculty Positions in the Colleges
Neal Abraham, executive director of Five College, Inc. explores the nature and diversity of college faculty jobs and how best to prepare for such positions.

Policy Careers

Other Non-Academic Careers

Career Resources for Underrepresented Groups

Bonnie FlemingAPS Webinar: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance
In this webinar, Bonnie Fleming, associate professor of physics at Yale University, discusses how to maintain a work/life balance as an academic in the culture of physics departments.

APS Blewett Fellowship
This fellowship is designed to enable women to return to physics research careers after an interruption.

APS Professional Skills Seminars for Student and Postdocs
A highly interactive seminar experience designed to empower women to thrive in physics.

APS Bridge Program
An effort to increase the number of physics Ph.D.s awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students.

Studying and Pursuing a Science and Technology Career as a Post-Secondary Student with a Disability
A guide from the National Educational Association of Disabled Students