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It is never too early to start planning your future in physics. Whether you are just starting your degree or are in the last stages, take a look at these resources to help you gain a better understanding of what to do once you have your diploma.

Career Fair

Natural Sciences Career and Internship Fair

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 from 11:00am-2:00pm. Open to all undergraduates, graduates, and alumni.

career advising

Career Advising

Get help with career exploration, resume/CV building, internships, personal statements, and more. Fall 2019 Career and Professional Development drop-in hours: September 4th, 1:30-3:0pm and October 29th, 10:00am-12:00pm in PSF 470.

Sign in to Handshake to schedule career advising, view upcoming career events, apply for jobs or internships, and more!

Not sure if you want to work in the private sector, conduct research at a university, or teach? If so, start here:

  1. 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.
    1. Physicist Profiles 
    2. Common Careers of Physicists in the Private Sector
    3. "What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?" 
    4. "Briefly describe your duties and responsibilities in your current job."
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Network - Whether you want to go into the private sector or pursue a PhD, you'll need references o. 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. 

 

Use this list to help steer your job search.

Systems Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Design Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Project Engineer

Optical Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Technician

Laser Engineer

Associate Engineer

Application Engineer

Development Engineer

Engineering Technician

Field Engineer

Process Engineer

Process Technician

Product Engineer

Product Manager

Research Engineer

Test Engineer

General Engineer

Technical Services Engineer

Software Engineer

Programmer

Web Developer

IT Consultant

Systems Analyst

Technical Support Staff

Analyst

High School Physics Teacher

High School Science Teacher

Middle School Science Teacher

Research Assistant

Research Associate

Research Technician

Lab Technician

Lab Assistant

Accelerator Operator

Physical Sciences Technician

 

 

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

Career Outlook

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!

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook 

Job Boards 

National Science Foundation

SPS Job Listing

AIP Science Fellowship Listing

Physics Today

USAJOBS.gov

Fall 2019 Career and Professional Development drop-in hours: September 4th,1:30-3:0pm and October 29th, 10:00am-12:00pm.  

 

ASU's Career Services staff can help you with the following:

Building your resume or CV

Practice Interviews

Career Exploration 

Handshake

Students can utilize Handshake to schedule an appointment with a career services advisor, look for employment, find internships, and more! 

Register for Handshake 

Annual Events

The APS March and April meetings provide students with...

  • Undergraduate research sessions
  • Career and professional development workshops
  • Graduate school fair - March only 
  • Networking opportunities 

More information on APS meetings and events can be found, here. Department of Physics travel grants may be applied toward these meetings.