What are my career options with a BS in Physics?
Most students who graduate with a BS in Physics do not stay in academia; they do not go to graduate school nor do they work in a research-intensive career. For a list of common careers—as well as the expected background, skills, and education level to be competitive–check out this pamphlet on career options.
That’s too many options! How do I know what job will be good for me?
Focus on the things you are passionate about, that you value, and that interest you. Do not think about the salary (all of these jobs will be sufficient for you, for your loans, for a family). Think about things you enjoy doing and keep in mind the things you would rather not do. If you really love talking with strangers but are not super stoked about sitting at a computer all day, maybe don’t apply to software engineering positions; if you dislike talking with strangers, maybe don’t apply to jobs with heavy teaching or outreach responsibilities. If you’re looking for a more formal way of narrowing down jobs, there exist numerous interest or aptitude tests that can help inform you.
I have no idea what I’m doing
Talk to your advisor or a professor you trust! They can help get you started.
Where do I find jobs to apply to?
Even more resources:
- American Physical Society Careers page for career options, resources, advice, career profiles, mentorship, webinars, and more
- American Astronomical Society Career page for Astro-powered career options, astronomy career options, career profiles, and resources
- TCNJ Career Center for resume/CV help and reviews, interview practice, career counseling, and more!
- AIP Statistical Research Center
- Who Is Hiring Physics Bachelor’s?
- Latest Employment Data for Physicists