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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.
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:
Fields of employment for new physics bachelors in the private sector in 2019 and 2020 combined included:
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.
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:
APS provides undergraduates with many resources to explore career paths and find jobs, including:
Review job prospects for physicists.
This resource contains thought-provoking questions and information to guide your career exploration and job search.
Search open physics jobs to take the next step in your career.
Explore physics careers through diverse jobs.
Discover the guidance you need to land a job in physics and explore the possibilities open to you with a physics background.
Connect with a mentor in industrial physics.
As partners with APS for Future of Physics Days, AIP and SPS also provide career resources for students, including:
For undergraduate physics students and their mentors
Highlighting schools and programs that match your interests
Listings of employers by state
Top Presenters at the 2023 APS March Meeting