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.

 

 

Tracks


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

 

Some Related Career Titles

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Entry Level Jobs 

Physics Engineer

Engineering

Hydrologist

Laboratory Technician

Meteorologist

Research Assistant

Technical Salesperson

Technical Writer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Acoustics Physicist

Aero dynamist

Astronomy

Biophysicist

Physicist

General Career Directions
Acoustics Physicist
Aerodynamist
Astronomer
Atomic Physicist
Biophysicist
Computer Specialist
Computer System Engineer
Engineer
Fluids Physicist
Hydrologist
Labratory Technician
Lawyer, Technology Specialty
Mathematician
Meteorologist
Molecular Physicist
Physics Researcher
Nuclear Physicist
Physiognomist
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
Colleges/Universities
Communications Industry
Computer Hardware and Software Firms
Consulting Firms
Corporations
Elementary Schools
Federal Agencies


Financial Institutions
Government Agencies
Insurance Firms
Market Research Firms
Manufacturing Firms
Pharmaceuticals
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

 

Investigation

Communication

Computational

Technical

Define research problems

Develop & write research proposals

Measure distances/
relationships

Design equipment

Develop research models

Review scientific literature

Perform
calculations

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
formulas

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.
http://www.brightrecruits.com/

http://www.aps.org/
http://careers.physicstoday.org/search.cfm
http://www.dice.com/
http://www.engcen.com/
http://www.engineerjobs.com/
http://www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs/default.aspx
http://www.sciencejobs.org/
http://tiptop.iop.org/ 

 

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
http://www.gradschools.com/
http://www.petersons.com/
http://www.princetonreview.com/

  

 

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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