Industrial Physics

Physicists in industry have made possible the technological advances of modern products that make our lives safer, better, and easier as well as improving the security and infrastructure of our Nation. 

More than 50% of physics students get their first permanent job in industry. APS has begun a critical new effort of engaging industrial physicists including creating a new staff position to manage programs serving industrial physicists and to educate students about jobs in industry.

Steven Lambert, APS Industrial Physics Fellow

LambertSteven Lambert joined the APS staff to improve the visibility of and service to industrial physics by collaborating on sessions and job fairs at meetings, engaging with early career programs to highlight industrial options, and advocating for the viewpoint of industrial physicists within the Society.

APS IMPact: Industrial Mentoring for Physicists


Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) is a new mentoring program intended to connect graduate students and postdocs with physicists who work in industry. Over 400 mentors and mentees are participating, and many mentees have received invaluable information that will help them chart a course to successful careers.

To find out more about this program, visit the IMPact website. Signing up as a mentor or a mentee is easy, and you must be an APS member to participate. Mentors, make an impact in someone’s life by signing up today. Mentees, learn more about career options regardless of what path you ultimately choose. Questions? Email
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APS Forum in Industrial & Applied Physics

APS FIAP is the largest APS unit with more than 6,300 members. The unit's objective is to enhance the Society's ability to meet the needs of the industrial and applied physics community, and help the Society take advantage of the evolving opportunities in the practice and application of physics.
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Employment of Physics Degree Holders

Employment of Physics Degree Holders by Sector
* Ph.D. data include on potentially permanent jobs, excluding temporary faculty and postdoc positions. Data from AIP Statistical Research Center for 2011-2012 cohorts.

Industry Day at the APS March Meeting

Held in conjunction with the APS March Meeting, Industry Day is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and physicists working in industry and national labs to network with their peers. Students and early career physicists considering non-academic careers can see first hand the broad range of pursuits available to physicists.
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Industrial Physics Advisory Board

The IndBoard is composed of physicists working in the private sector who advise APS on issues affecting industrial physics. Three projects are underway including preparation of a report on "The Impact of Industrial Physics on the U.S. Economy".
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Actualization of the Internet of Things

A topical conference organized by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics and held in Monterey, California from April 17 to April 19, 2017. Physicists, scientists, and engineers from across the technological spectrum joined in cross disciplinary conversations and innovation that will be necessary to build the Internet of Things.
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Workshop on National Issues in Industrial Physics

FIAP 2014In 2014, FIAP and APS jointly held a workshop which brought together mid-level and senior industrial physicists from diverse industries to identify and prioritize issues important to U.S. industrial physics.
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