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Physics Major

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Possible Job Titles

Types of Physicists

  • Acoustics
  • Electro-Magnetic
  • Light
  • Rheologists
  • Astrophysicist
  • Electronic
  • Low Temperature
  • Solid Earth
  • Atomic
  • Elementary Particle
  • Medical
  • Solid State
  • Biophysicists
  • Experimental
  • Molecular
  • Space & Planetary
  • Chemical
  • Fluids
  • Nuclear
  • Temperature
  • Cryogenics
  • Geophysicists
  • Optics
  • Theoretical
  • Crystallographers
  • Health
  • Particle
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Laser
  • Plasma
  • Vacuum

Job Titles Of Physics Majors

  • Aero dynamist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Ice Scientist
  • Solar Energy Physicist
  • Photo-optics Technician
  • Agronomist
  • Information Scientist
  • Photogrammetric Engineer
  • Airplane Dispatcher
  • Instrument Maker
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Airplane Pilot/Navigator
  • Instrumental Technician
  • Physical Scientist
  • Architect

More Job Titles

  • Laboratory Tester
  • Physician
  • Ballistics Experts
  • Laser Technician
  • Physicist Technician
  • College Teacher
  • Librarian, Special
  • Police Chemist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Management Trainee
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Computer-Systems Engineer
  • Manufacturers' Rep
  • Safety Manager
  • Consultant
  • Mech. Engineering Technician
  • Salesperson, Scientific Apparatus
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Seismologist
  • Criminalist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Stress Analyst
  • Curator/Natural History
  • Metallurgist
  • Teacher, Science
  • Editor (Science)
  • Meteorologist
  • Technical Secretary
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Writer Technical
  • Geodetic Computer Technician
  • Nuclear Technicians
  • Zoologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Optometrist
  • Industrial Health Engineer
  • Pharmacologist

Related Occupations

  • Astronomer
  • Geographer
  • Mathematician
  • Oceanographer
  • Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Science Technician

Typical Places of Employment

  • Astronaut Corps
  • US Dept of the Interior
  • Nonprofit Research Groups
  • Chemical Companies
  • Federal Government(Army, Navy, etc.)
  • Oilfields
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Patent Law Firms
  • Electronic Firms
  • Laboratories
  • Power Plants
  • Engineering Firms
  • Museums
  • Private Industry (IBM, Allied, etc.)
  • US Dept of Agriculture
  • National Aeronautics & Space
  • Administration
  • Research & Development Firms
  • US Dept of Commerce
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • School Boards
  • US Dept of Defense
  • State & Local Governments

Typical Work Activities

  • Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
  • Solving problems through thinking
  • Working independently
  • Collecting and organizing data
  • Conducting research and analyses
  • Doing scientific or laboratory work

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the Career Services Office. However there are many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you:

  • Preparing Physicists for Work
  • Landing Your First Job: A Guide for Physics Students

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

ALUMNI NAME GRAD. DATE CURRENT JOB ORGANIZATION
Christopher Crue 2002 Researcher - Physicist Battelle Memorial Institute
Jeffrey Reddish 1987   NASA
Richard Woitkowiak 2000 Systems Performance Engineer Nextel
Glenn Silbert 1991 Owner GS Computers Plus LLC


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