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What can I do with a physics degree?

Physics graduates are highly marketable. Physicists have a low unemployment rate and lots of options. As a career, physics covers specialized fields—from acoustics, astronomy, and astrophysics to medical physics, geophysics, and vacuum sciences. A physics degree opens doors to employment opportunities throughout the world in government, industry, schools, and private organizations.

A Few of Our Bachelor's Graduates
  • Amos Manneschmidt, Class of 2016, Research Assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Jacob Dean, Class of 2105, Producer at DF Productions
  • Hanneke Weitering, Class of 2014, Science Journalist at space.com
  • Joel Smith, Class of 2013 (VolsTeach program), Physics Teacher at South Doyle High School
  • Sarah Wood, Class of 2012, Staff Member at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Meagan White, Class of 2011, Software Engineer with IBM
  • Rachael Ainsworth, Class of 2010, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Ireland
  • Joe Overman, Class of 2009, Dermatology Resident at Boston Medical Center
  • Jeff Badger, Class of 2008, Designer with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners in Santa Monica, California
  • Trey Forgety, Class of 2004, Director of Government Affairs for NENA: The 9-1-1 Association
  • Sonali Shukla, Class of 2003, Astronomy Outreach Officer at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Stephen Wilson, Class of 2002, Associate Professor, Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Theodore Nichols, Class of 2002, National Security Analyst, Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Richard Manley, Class of 2001, Research Scientist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center
Who Hires Physics Grads? You Might Be Surprised.

Companies who have hired physics bachelor's graduates since 2010, from the American Insitite of Physics. The AIP also has info on starting salaries for bachelor's graduates.


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