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Careers for Physics Program Graduates

Common Job Titles

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biophysicist
  • Chemist
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer and Information research scientist
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Electrical and electronics engineer
  • Geoscientist
  • Material scientist
  • Mathematicians
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Physicist

Job Outlook Data

Physicists held around 18,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024.

The government is the primary source of physics- and astronomy-related research funding. Additional federal funding for energy and for advanced manufacturing research will drive the need for physicists. Professionals with a physics background can find employment in medicine, information technology, communications technology, semiconductor technology and other applied research and development fields.

Where Can I work With This Major?

The largest employers of physicists are:

  • Scientific research and development services
  • Colleges, universities and professional services
  • Federal government
  • Hospitals
  • Management, scientific and technical services

» Get information about Adelphi’s Physics Degree Program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physicists and Astronomers

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