Physics Career Opportunities

There are several excellent sources for information on careers in physics.

The American Institute of Physics publishes the latest employment data for physicists. Their surveys show that currently about two thirds of students graduating with a bachelor degree in physics go on to earn a graduate degree in physics or other fields, sometimes after working for a few years in industry. The private sector employs most of the recent physics graduates, often as engineers and in computer science and information technology, however the range of job opportunities for physicists is very broad and includes careers in physics and other natural sciences and education.

The Career Center of the American Physical Society (APS) gives advice to students who want to prepare for a career in physics and provides links to sites that illustrates the variety of positions held by physicists. The APS Online Career Center is a searchable data base for physics-related jobs.

Also, “Physics Today”, the national monthly publication of the AIP, has job listings for students at

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor reports that employment of physicists and astronomers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations during the 2008-18 decade.

Arts & Sciences Graduates - What Do They Become?

Companies founded or headed by an Arts & Sciences graduate include:

Amazon    American Express    Bank of America    CNN    DirecTV    ebay    NBC Universal    Pinterest    Time Warner Cable    Starbucks    Pepsico

Source:  The Phi Beta Kappa Society

UA Career Services

Career Services provides career advising and programming while you develop valuable relationships with employers and campus partners. This service provides you with ample opportunities for experiential learning and career development and placement during and after your time at UA.

Some of what Career Services can help you with:

  • Cover letter writing
  • Prepare for graduate school
  • Interviewing
  • Job search
  • Resume writing
  • On-campus Career Fairs

Other resources:

What do Arts & Sciences graduates become?

Companies founded or headed by an Arts & Sciences graduate include:

  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Bank of America
  • CNN
  • DirecTV
  • eBay
  • NBC Universal
  • Pinterest
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Starbucks
  • Pepsico