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Physicists find employment in a variety of settings after earning their degrees--including high schools, government funded labs, on wall street, in medical physics facilities, and high tech industries, just to name a few!
Explore our career track profiles to learn about typical educational background, salary, future outlook, and daily activities.
Physicists in government funded laboratories come from a variety of backgrounds and degree paths, and spend their time building, testing, and taking measurements on state of the art equipment.Physicist in a Government Funded Laboratory
A single postdoctoral appointment in an academic institution will last two years, and will provide an opportunity for PhD graduates to build final skills and techniques necessary for success as an academic physicist.Postdoctoral Research in an Academic Institution
Physicists in the private sector spend time working on projects in a team where they are responsible for achieving specific goals of a project. For physicists working in R&D, this involves doing a significant amount of physics research.Research & Development in the Private Sector
Physicists working in sales and marketing bring their considerable technical knowledge into play when describing products or processes to potential customers. This career is surprisingly well suited to individuals who enjoy explaining physics concepts.Sales & Marketing
Believe it or not, nearly 50% of physics bachelors go directly into the workforce after graduation!
Teaching high school physics is one of the most rewarding uses of your degree. Few careers will allow you to have as much of an impact on young minds as that of a physics teacher.High School Physics Teacher