Not sure if you want to work in the private sector, conduct research at a university, or teach? If so, start here:
- Look at the career paths other physics graduates have taken. This will help you to determine what careers would suit your interests and also what it takes to get there.
- Physicist Profiles
- Job Prospects in Physics
- Common Careers of Physicists in the Private Sector
- "What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?"
- "Briefly describe your duties and responsibilities in your current job."
- Research Areas - Look over the different areas within physics. Once you know what area interests you most, you will have a sense of what career will fit you best. Once you have found an area of interest reach out to faculty in that area to discuss joining their research group. Having research experience as an undergraduate will help boost your application when applying to graduate school.
- Depending on the career path you have chosen, you may need a graduate degree. Use GradSchoolShopper to look up the different graduate schools that thrive in your field. Take a look at these helpful resources: Physics PhDs 1 Year Later and Who's Hiring Physics PhDs?
- Network - Whether you want to go into the private sector or pursue a PhD, you'll need references. Make yourself known to your professors by attending office hours, setting up one-on-one meetings, and attending department events. The best letters of recommendation come from those that know you in and outside of the classroom.
- Find a Mentor - Use ASU's mentorship platform to connect to faculty, students, and professionals in your field of interest. Create your profile to get started!
Arizona Specific Employment
Interested in pursuing a career in Arizona? The American Institute of Physics provides a list of employers in Arizona that hire physics graduates. To see the list of companies, click here.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a database full of career duties, salaries, job summaries and outlooks. Use the BLS handbook to find your perfect fit!
|National Science Foundation||SPS Job Listing||AIP Science Fellowship Listing||Physics Today||USAJOBS.gov|
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Here is a list of careers for recent ASU physics graduates
|Tutor/Camp Leader||All Around Math Learning||Tempe|
|Government Relations Specialist||American Physical Society||Washington D.C.|
|Process Support Engineer||Applied Materials||Chander|
|Teacher Assistant||Arizona State University||Tempe|
|Teacher||BASIS Educational Group||Chander|
|Technician Assistant||Don Air, LLC||Scottsdale|
|Materials Scientist||Headway Technologies, Inc||San Jose|
|Electrical Engineer 2||Racion||Tucson|
|Administrator||Stoneman Law Patent Group||Phoenix|
|Director, Photography||282 Studios, LLC||Tempe|
|File Clerk||Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C.||Phoenix|
|Research Assistant||Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute||Tempe|
|Consultation Agent||Best Buy||Chandler|
|Director, Flight||Challenger Space Center||Peoria|
|Regulatory Affairs Associate||CR Bard||Tempe|
|Research Analyst||Global Patent Solutions||Scottsdale|
|Process Engineer||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro|
|Intern, Application||Nanoscience Instruments||Phoenix|
|Failure Analysis Engineer||Soraa||Fremont|
|Process Engineer, Senior||American Society for Microbiology, Arizona/Southern Nevada Branch||Phoenix|
|Engineer||Boeing Company, The||St. Louis|
|Space Vehicle Controller||Boeing Company, The||Springfield|
|Software Engineer||Demandbase Inc||San Francisco|
|Associate, Senior||Discover Financial Services||Phoenix|
|Process Engineer||Lam Researcg Corporation||Fremont|
|Photonics Engineer||Optilab, LLC||Phoenix|
|Field Application Engineer||Radiall||Tempe|
|Assistant Director, Finance||-||Sedona|
|Tutor||Chandler-Gilbert Community College||Chandler|
|Unit Process Engineer||IBM Corporation||Albany|
|Software Engineer||Intel Corporation||Chandler|
|Systems Engineer||Orbital ATK, Inc||Gilbert|
|Traffic Support Lead||Sports Entertainment Services||Phoenix|
|Legal Assistant||Suzette Lorrey-Wiggs P.C.||Tempe|