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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!
|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);
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;
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.
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) career resources.