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Physics Careers   Physics Internships 

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. Job Prospects in Physics
    3. Common Careers of Physicists in the Private Sector
    4. "What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?" 
    5. "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. 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. 
  5. Find a Mentor - Use ASU's mentorship platform to connect to faculty, students, and professionals in your field of interest. Create your profile to get started!


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 FoundationSPS Job ListingAIP Science Fellowship ListingPhysics TodayUSAJOBS.gov


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


Web Developer

IT Consultant

Systems Analyst

Technical Support Staff


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

Here is a list of careers for recent ASU physics graduates

Career TitleCompany/OrganizationLocation
Tutor/Camp LeaderAll Around Math LearningTempe
Government Relations SpecialistAmerican Physical SocietyWashington D.C.
Process Support EngineerApplied MaterialsChander
Teacher AssistantArizona State UniversityTempe
TeacherBASIS Educational GroupChander
Technician AssistantDon Air, LLCScottsdale
Quantitative AnalystDriveTimePhoenix
Materials ScientistHeadway Technologies, IncSan Jose
Electrical Engineer 2RacionTucson
Test EngineerSoraaFremont
AdministratorStoneman Law Patent GroupPhoenix
Director, Photography282 Studios, LLCTempe
File ClerkAiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C.Phoenix
Research AssistantArizona State University, Biodesign InstituteTempe
Consultation AgentBest BuyChandler
Director, FlightChallenger Space CenterPeoria
Regulatory Affairs AssociateCR BardTempe
Research AnalystGlobal Patent SolutionsScottsdale
Process EngineerIntel CorporationHillsboro
Intern, ApplicationNanoscience InstrumentsPhoenix
Failure Analysis EngineerSoraaFremont
Web DeveloperVuurrChandler
Engineer-Los Angeles
Mechanical Engineer-Tempe
Engineering Aide-Chandler
Process Engineer, SeniorAmerican Society for Microbiology, Arizona/Southern Nevada BranchPhoenix
EngineerBoeing Company, TheSt. Louis
Space Vehicle ControllerBoeing Company, TheSpringfield
Software EngineerDemandbase IncSan Francisco
Associate, SeniorDiscover Financial ServicesPhoenix
Process EngineerLam Researcg CorporationFremont
Photonics EngineerOptilab, LLCPhoenix
Field Application EngineerRadiallTempe
Associate AssistantDiscoverPhoenix
Corporate Accounting-Phoenix
Assistant Director, Finance-Sedona
Research Assistant--
TutorChandler-Gilbert Community CollegeChandler
Unit Process EngineerIBM CorporationAlbany
Software EngineerIntel CorporationChandler
Systems EngineerOrbital ATK, IncGilbert
Traffic Support LeadSports Entertainment ServicesPhoenix
Legal AssistantSuzette Lorrey-Wiggs P.C.Tempe
TutorVarsity TutorsPhoenix

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