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What Can You Do With A Major In Physics?


Physics uses the language of mathematics to make predictive models of the universe and its components.  The importance of physics in the intellectual and economic life of the 21st century is clear to thoughtful individuals. The increased use of complex technologies in microelectronics, environmental physics, optics, space and renewable energies, defense, health care, nanotechnology, manufacturing and other industries provides ample evidence that the value of understanding physics will continue to increase for individuals and society.




Traditional Physics
Physics-Civil Engineering
Physics-Computing Emphasis
Physics-Electrical Engineering
Physics-Mechanical Engineering
PreMedical Physics
Materials Science


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Entry Level Jobs 

Physics Engineer



Laboratory Technician


Research Assistant

Technical Salesperson

Technical Writer








2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Acoustics Physicist

Aero dynamist




General Career Directions
Acoustics Physicist
Atomic Physicist
Computer Specialist
Computer System Engineer
Fluids Physicist
Labratory Technician
Lawyer, Technology Specialty
Molecular Physicist
Physics Researcher
Nuclear Physicist
Plasma Physicist
Process Engineer
Research Assistant
Satellite Data Analyst
Satellite Missions Analyst
Science Teacher
Solid State Physicist
Technical Salesperson
Technical Writer
Test Engineer
Technical Consultant


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Aerospace Industry
Communications Industry
Computer Hardware and Software Firms
Consulting Firms
Elementary Schools
Federal Agencies

Financial Institutions
Government Agencies
Insurance Firms
Market Research Firms
Manufacturing Firms
Real Estate


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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries, on average, for graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics start at about $52971.

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Skills Needed For This Career






Define research problems

Develop & write research proposals

Measure distances/

Design equipment

Develop research models

Review scientific literature


Identify/classify materials

Establish hypotheses

Summarize research findings

Mathematical modeling

Observe data

Gather/analyze data

Inform, explain, instruct

Maintain records

Establish experimental designs

Evaluate ideas

Prepare technical reports

Utilize math

Use instruments

See relationships among factors

Draw meaningful conclusions




Links To Professional Associations  

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Physics
American Nuclear Society
American Physics Society
National Academy of Sciences

International Association of Physics Students

Society of Physics Students



Job Search Information 

Great websites that will help you land the perfect career after graduating. 


Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Science in Physics and other related programs

Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
National Programs- Master of Science in Physics and other related programs
Auburn University
Other resources for graduate program research



Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in  Physics .  



Holland Codes 

Astrophysics: Investigative; Artistic; Realistic (IAR)
Civil Engineering concentration: Realistic; Investigative; Conventional (RIC)
Electrical Engineering Concentration: Investigative; Realistic (IR)
Mechanical Engineering Concentration: Investigative; Realistic; Conventional (IRC)
Computing Emphasis Concentration: Investigative; Realistic; Enterprising (IRE)

Pre-Medical: Investigative; Social ; Realistic


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