April Meeting 2023 Career Resources

At APS's April Meeting 2023, the Future of Physics Days team presented a career workshop for undergraduate students to help them launch their physics careers.

Please review slides from the presentation as well as main takeaways from the career workshop and resources included on this page.

View the presentation slides

Physics Career Data

Based on data from AIP, approximately half of physics students with bachelor's degrees go on to get jobs and half go on to graduate schools. Physicists are very employable!

The initial employment sectors that physicists with bachelor's degrees went into in 2019 and 2020 combined were:

  • The private sector (59%)
  • College and university (18%)
  • High school (6%)
  • Active military service (3%)
  • Civilian government employment and national labs (7%)
  • Other (8%)

Fields of employment for new physics bachelors in the private sector in 2019 and 2020 combined included:

  • Engineering (35%)
  • Computer science (24%)
  • Other STEM jobs (15%)
  • Non-STEM jobs that regularly solve technical problems (14%)
  • Non-STEM jobs that don't regularly solve technical problems (8%)
  • Physics or astronomy (4%)

According to data from AIP, in 2018, new physics bachelors earned starting salaries between $40,000-$70,000. Positions that paid more were often found in the private sector. Wherever they are employed, physics bachelors can have a deep impact on society.

Physics Career Paths

In the private sector, physics students with bachelor's degrees often go into computer science, engineering, sales, consulting, teaching, and medical physics.

Students with master's degrees in physics may pursue work in management, research, and product development.

Those with PhDs in physics frequently do scientific research, data science, and management.

By studying physics at any level, you acquire both technical and non-technical skills, such as:

  • Applied research
  • Technical problem solving
  • Teaching
  • Programming
  • Documentation
  • Data and error analysis
  • Advanced mathematics
  • Simulation and modeling
  • Design and development
  • Using specialized equipment
  • Quality control
  • Concise and accurate writing that tailors message to an audience
  • Management and leadership for groups of people and projects (creating task lists,
  • developing timelines, setting goals, etc.)
  • Experience developing and managing budgets

APS Career Resources

APS provides undergraduates with many resources to explore career paths and find jobs, including:

Common Career Paths

Review job prospects for physicists.

Find your career path

The Guidebook

This resource contains thought-provoking questions and information to guide your career exploration and job search.

Review The Guidebook

APS Jobs Board

Search open physics jobs to take the next step in your career.

Find a job in physics

Physicist Profiles

Explore physics careers through diverse jobs.

Read about successful physicists

APS Careers Guide 2023

Discover the guidance you need to land a job in physics and explore the possibilities open to you with a physics background.

Read the Careers Guide

IMPact: Industry Mentoring for Physicists

Connect with a mentor in industrial physics.

Join IMPact

American Institute of Physics (AIP) & Society of Physics Student (SPS) Career Resources

As partners with APS for Future of Physics Days, AIP and SPS also provide career resources for students, including:

SPS Careers Toolbox

For undergraduate physics students and their mentors

View the toolbox

Grad School Shopper

Highlighting schools and programs that match your interests

Review graduate programs

Who Is Hiring Physics Bachelor’s

Listings of employers by state

Explore employers

The SPS Observer

The magazine of the Society of Physics Students

Read the SPS Observer

Common Job Titles for Physics Bachelor’s

Information from AIP's research into physics bachelor's

See job titles

FPD is a collaboration between the American Physical Society (APS) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

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About Future of Physics Days

Discover how Future of Physics Days at APS events can lead you to discover your career in physics.

Learn more about Future of Physics Days (FPD)

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Contact the APS Senior Careers Program Manager.

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