Career Options for Physicists

(Adopted by Council on November 05, 2006)

(Replaces APS Council Statement 94.2)

Degrees in physics have proved to be, and will continue to be, an excellent platform for success across a wide range of career options in the private sector, government, academia, and K-12 education. Physics departments are urged to examine their programs in the light of scientific opportunities, societal challenges and broadly available careers. Preparation should include educational experiences beyond those traditionally considered, including independent research in the undergraduate setting, verbal and written communication skills, teamwork, ethics, and exposure to mentors from outside the academic setting.