Careers In Physics

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A step-by-step guide to physics careers that align with your interests, talents, and values — and how to build a successful road toward them.

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2022 Careers Guide

See the breadth of opportunities for physics graduates in industry, national labs, and beyond — and get the guidance you need to land those jobs.

Webinars for Physicists

Webinars offering discussion, career guidance, and advice. View Webinars

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Career Paths

Explore the career options available to you and learn how to get there. Learn more

Careers and Professional Development

Industry Mentoring

IMPact connects students and postdocs with industry mentors. Learn more

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Physicists Profiles

Read about the careers of over 50 physicists in various sectors. View profiles

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Career Shape Up Series

Want to understand the career opportunities available to you with a physics degree? Or get tips on your job search? Shape Up sends you tips, resources, and challenges to help you achieve your specific career goals.

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For Mentors

APS provides several opportunities for our members to mentor the next generation of physicists:

Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) logioIndustry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) connects industry professionals with students exploring career options.
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Career Mentoring Fellows attend an APS March or April Meeting to provide feedback on undergraduate student presentations. Fellows also receive implicit bias training and give a career talk at an institution near them.
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APS NMC logoThe National Mentoring Community supports African American, Hispanic American, and Native American undergraduate physics students.
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Showcase physics careers for you students with Across the Spectrum playing cards. Each deck features 26 career profiles of women and gender minorities in physics.
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More Career Resources

Insight Physics Slideshows
Physics InSight is a series of slideshows designed to inform and excite undergraduates about physics.
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Distinguished Lectureship Award
This award seeks to recognize and honor physicists in industrial and other non-academic careers.
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Statistical Job Data
The AIP Statistical Research Center publishes, graphs, and analyzes data on education and employment in physics.
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Advancing Graduate Leadership (AGL)
This program offers leadership and professional development events for women and gender minority graduate students & postdocs.
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Committee on Careers & Professional Development
The Committee is responsible for coordinating affairs within the Society concerned with career and professional development in physics.
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Employment Resources for International Members
International physics students and professionals may be eligible to apply for employment based visas and work authorizations in the United States.
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Work at APS
APS is looking for people with a passion for physics and the physical sciences to join our team of talented professionals.
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Upcoming Events & Meetings

Advancing Graduate Leadership 

Advancing Graduate Leadership Conference
August 4-5, 2022

AGL Mentor Training Workshops
December 5-8, 2022

APS Webinars

Upcoming AGU Webinar: Applying to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
May 17, 2022
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Recent Webinar: Miniaturized Biosensors for Healthcare
April 27, 2022
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Past Events & Meetings

2022 Annual Leadership Meeting

Broadening Participation Video
January 27, 2022

AGL Professional Skills Development Workshop
December 9, 2021

2022 APS March Meeting 

March Job Expo
March 15 - 17, 2022
Registration deadline for Employers: February 21

Grad School Fair
March 14 - 15, 2022
Registration deadline for Graduate Programs: February 18

Future of Physics Days Events for Undergrads
March 13 - 15, 2022 at the APS March Meeting

2022 APS April Meeting 

Future of Physics Days Events for Undergrads
April 9 - 10, 2022 at the APS April Meeting

Meet Your Future: Career Panel & Networking
April 10, 2022 at the APS April Meeting