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What Can I Do With a Major in Physics?

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Career Titles

  • Acoustics Physicist 
  • Aerodynamist
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Agriculture Scientist
  • Air Craft Developer
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airplane Pilot
  • Applied Physicist
  • Architect
  • Argonomist
  • Astronaut
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Athletic Performance Trainer
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientist
  • Atmospheric Physicist
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Attorney
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Aviation Inspector
  • Ballistics Experts
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Callistics Experts
  • Cardiac Imaging Researcher
  • Chemical Physicist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Climatologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Computational Physicist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Specialist
  • Computer System Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Consultant-Management Information Systems
  • Crime and Intelligence Analyst
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Cryogenics Specialist
  • Crystallographers
  • Curator
  • Design Engineer
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Electro-Optical Engineer
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Fiber Optic Engineer
  • Fire Prevention and Protection Engineer
  • Fluids Physicist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Geodesist 
  • Geographical Data Technician
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Health Physicist
  • Hydrodynamic Physicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Imaging Technician
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Information Scientist
  • Instrumental Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laser Engineer
  • Lawyer, Technology Specialty
  • Librarian
  • Machinist
  • Marine Architect
  • Materials Physicist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Medical Devices Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Medical Physicist
  • Medical Products Designer
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorological Technician
  • Meteorologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Physicist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • National Laboratory Research
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Nuclear Power Plant Manager
  • Nuclear Technician
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Oceanographer
  • Optical Physicist
  • Optometrist
  • Particle Accelerator Operations Analyst
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Pharmacologist
  • Photo Optic Technician
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Photonics Engineer
  • Physician
  • Physicist
  • Physics Researcher
  • Physiognomist
  • Plasma Physicist
  • Power Plant Operators
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • Professor
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Radiation Protection Specialist
  • Radiographer
  • Radiological Laboratory Director
  • Research Assistant
  • Rheologists
  • Safety Manager
  • Satellite Data Analyst
  • Satellite Engineer
  • Satellite Missions Analyst
  • Science Teacher
  • Science Technologist
  • Science Writer
  • Scientific Apparatus Salesperson
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Seismologist
  • Semi-Conductor Process Engineer
  • Software Analyst/Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Solar Energy Engineer
  • Solid State Physicist
  • Spectroscopist
  • Stratigrapher
  • Stress Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Technical Writer
  • Test Engineer
  • Water Conservation Specialist
  • Water Reclamation Specialist
  • Writer
  • Zoologist

Employers
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Aircraft & Instrument Manufacturers
  • Airports
  • Architectural Firms
  • Astronaut Corps
  • Atomic/Nuclear Labs
  • Automobile Manufacturers
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Clinical Research
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Commercial Industry
  • Computer Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Crime Laboratories
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Department of the Interior NASA
  • Department of Transportation
  • Educational Institutions
  • Electrical Equipment Companies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Agencies
  • Federal Government
  • Fiber Optic Engineer
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • Geological Industry
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Information Technology Companies
  • Laboratories
  • Launch Sites
  • Libraries
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Marine Industry
  • Medical Schools
  • Microelectronics Companies
  • Military
  • Mining and Petroleum Companies
  • Museums
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration
  • National Bureau of Standards
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Naval Research Lab
  • Nonprofit Foundations
  • Observatories
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • Oilfields
  • Patent Law Firms
  • Patent Office
  • Petroleum Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Planetariums
  • Power Plants
  • Private Industries
  • Production Facilities
  • Professional and Technical Journals
  • Publishing Companies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Recycling Plants
  • Research and Development Departments
  • Research Centers
  • Science Museums
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Space Industry
  • Space Research (NASA)
  • State and Local Governments
  • Steel/Metals Industry
  • Technical Consulting Firms
  • Testing Labs
  • TV/Radio Stations
  • Utilities Companies
  • Waste Management Firms
  • Weather Bureaus

Skills
  • Ability to apply data
  • Aptitude for accurate details
  • Computer skills/proficiency
  • Cooperative learning
  • Create hypotheses
  • Creative thinking
  • Critiquing and anticipating problems
  • Decision-making and diagnosing
  • Define research problems
  • Design equipment
  • Develop and write research proposals
  • Develop research models
  • Draw meaningful conclusions
  • Establish experimental designs
  • Evaluate ideas
  • Gather/analyze data
  • Identify/classify materials
  • Investigative skills
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Organize, analyze and interpret scientific data
  • Perform calculations
  • Prepare technical reports
  • Problem-solving
  • Review scientific literature
  • See relationships among factors
  • Summarize research findings
  • Use instruments

Salary Information

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2018 Average Starting Salary:
  • Physics Bachelor’s Degree: $52.313

Average Salary of SNC Physics Graduates:

  • 2017: No salary data available 
  • 2016: No salary data available
  • 2015: $55,000 - $65,000

For additional salary information, please visit salary.com.

Graduate Data
To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the Physics Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF) 


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