What are some other career options for physics majors besides high school physics teacher?
I'm planning to take more lab courses involving optics, lasers, and coding simulations, but I learned that I definitely don't want to pursue a career in software. I love doing research and am applying to summer internships at national labs. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!
If you love research, you could consider pursuing a PhD and becoming a professor if you are still interested in education but want to work on the side of physics which is constantly applying their knowledge to publications in addition to passing on knowledge to students.
Also an option is to consider becoming interdisciplinary with another one of your passions. How can you combine physics with another field of study such as computer science or engineering? These will make you a unique candidate and help you stand out to broaden the doors for you.
Other interesting career options include(you will have to look into whether or not these involve software, but if you google these options, they are often pursued by people with physics degrees) :
- nuclear power plant manager
- medical device designer
- quality control manager
-satellite data analyst
Another tip, often my friends who have an undergraduate degree in Physics also have a masters degree in Material Science. If you like physics then you may really enjoy studying applied materials and material science.
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I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and had a professor say that Physics is applied mathematics and that engineering is applied physics. I see a tremendous opportunity in quantum computing and 5G infrastructure.
There is so many Engineering jobs that go hand in hand with a Physics degree!
- Ceramic and Materials
and so much more.
You have so many options and potential paths.
Good luck! :)
- Professor in Physics
- Data scientist
- Engineering, like the quantum computations, flash memory device engineering
Many of them requires PHD degree, so you may want to consider to pursue the PHD degree
A big question you should consider is whether you interest is in theoretical physics or applied physics. Applied Physics will have more flexibility across more business. Theoretical may lend itself more to research and academia.
At the end of the day physics will give you capabilities across many technical industries. As important it will provide you with a basis for critical thinking and problem solving. This skill along with understanding business principles can afford you many opportunities.
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