Physics graduates are employed in many and extraordinarily varied fields. Your training as a scientist and problem solver, your technical expertise with equipment, your computer programming knowledge and general knowledge of the forefront of technology makes you a very desirable employee. You should also be proud of your ability to tackle problems independently, to work on a team, and to communicate science in writing and orally. OSU Physics offers you many opportunities to hone these skills!

American Physical Society (APS) profiles of many different types of physicists
American Institute of Physics (AIP) Statistics about physics employment
AIP Statistics about salaries for physicists

Types of employment  Where?  What?
Research & Development University, government labs, large private companies, start-up companies, consulting Discover new fundamental and applied knowledge, usually in physics and related disciplines.
Education University, community college, high school, middle & elementary school, education within companies, consulting Teach physics and related subjects at all levels, from children to adults, including continuing education. Also manage education programs
Technical University, government labs, large private companies, start-up companies, entrepreneurial ventures, Support for any type of technical endeavor, usually in the high-tech sector.  Includes field engineering, clean room tech, semiconductors, optics ....
Science writer, journalist, editor Science publications, newspapers, technical companies, Writing about science for many different audiences, for many types of publications. Could also be in-house writer for company or science enterprise. Science editing.
Software engineer Everywhere! Large & small private companies, utility companies, Programming, code development, systems management, modeling
Science policy Federal, state, local government Develop policy, lobby
Medical Physics Hospitals, clinics, medical practices Clinical and technical expertise in radiation of all types
Law, medicine, pharmacy, other professional   Many professional schools welcome Physics majors as they broaden their traditional admissions base.  Physics students fare well on LSAT and MCAT!

 

Companies that employ Physicists

AIP page that has state-by-state listings of companies that have recently employed physics majors
Local companies that OSU PH majors have joined: Intel, Hillsboro; Hewlett Packard, Corvallis, PMIC, Corvallis; Thermo Fisher, Beaverton; Voxtel, Eugene; ThorLabs, NY; Amazon, Seattle; OHSU, Portland; Boeing; Detailedly, Hood River (science editing startup); NuScale, Corvallis;
Educational institutions that OSU PH majors have joined (usually with MS credential in Education or PH in addition to BS): Gold Beach High School, Linn-Benton Community College, Democracy Prep Public Schools (NYC);

Graduate School

Gradschool Shopper is an AIP publication that presents information about physics graduate schools.
Women-friendly graduate schools is a database maintained by APS.
Current graduate schools of some OSU Physics majors (Physics unless otherwise stated): Oregon State University (Physics & EECS); University of Washington; UC Irvine (Materials Science); University of Rochester; Stanford University (Mechanical Engineering); Portland State University (Education); Princeton University (Computational Biology); University of Texas at Dalllas; University of Arizona (Optical Sciences); Arizona State University; Imperial College, London (Mathematics); Cedars Sinai (Medical Physics); University of Oregon; U. Oregon Masters Industrial Intern Program;

OSU resources

A talk on "Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Career" at CUWiP 2016 co-presented by Janet Tate aimed at beginning PH majors.
Join OSU Physics LinkedIn page - create your own LinkedIn profile and request to connect. Over 400 alumni are members.
OSU Career Development Center resources

Professional Society resources for job-seekers: Resume writing, Career planning, etc.

AIP career resources.
Careers Toolbox about all aspects of preparing for a career.
Physics World Careers 2020 is an AIP publication with lots of information about careers.

APS career resources.
Careers 2020 is an APS publication with lots of information about careers.
APS has a good resume writing page.

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) career resources.

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) career resources

Biophysical Society (BPS) career resources.