What Can I Do With a Major in Physics?

Henderson State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics

Marketable Skills

  • Define Research Problems           
  • Design Equipment
  • Develop & Write Research Proposals       
  • Develop Research Models            
  • Draw Meaningful Conclusions     
  • Establish Experimental Designs
  • Establish Hypotheses      
  • Evaluate Ideas   
  • Gather/Analyze Data      
  • Identify/Classify Materials
  • Inform, Explain, Instruct
  • Maintain Records            
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Measure Distances/ Relationships             
  • Observe Data
  • Perform Calculations      
  • Prepare Technical Reports           
  • Review Scientific Literature         
  • See Relationships among Factors
  • Summarize Research Findings      
  • Use Instruments
  • Utilize Math Formulas

Related Career Titles

  • Acoustics Physicist          
  • Aerodynamist    
  • Aerospace Testing           
  • Agriculture Scientist        
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Astronomer       
  • Astrophysicist    
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Automotive Engineer      
  • Biophysicist        
  • Cardiac Imaging Researcher        
  • Chemical Physicist           
  • Computer Specialist        
  • Computer System Engineer          
  • Engineer             
  • Environmental Analyst   
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Fluids Physicist  
  • Forensic Scientist             
  • Geodesist           
  • Geophysicist      
  • Health Physicist 
  • High-Tech Designer         
  • Hydrologist        
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Laboratory Technician   
  • Lawyer, Technology Specialty     
  • Mathematician 
  • Medical Physicist             
  • Medical Products Designer           
  • Meteorologist   
  • Molecular Physicist         
  • National Laboratory Research
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Nuclear Power Plant Manager
  • Occupational Safety Specialist    
  • Oceanographer 
  • Particle Accelerator Operations Analyst
  • Physicist
  • Physics Researcher
  • Physiognomist
  • Plasma Physicist
  • Process Engineer
  • Quality Control Manager              
  • Radiological Laboratory Director
  • Research & Development
  • Research Assistant          
  • Satellite Data Analyst     
  • Satellite Missions Analyst             
  • Science Teacher
  • Science Writer   
  • Scientific Photographer 
  • Seismologist      
  • Solid Earth Physicist        
  • Solid State Physicist        
  • Stratigrapher     
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technical Illustrator                      
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Television Chief Engineer
  • Test Engineer

Potential Employers

  • Aircraft and Instrument Manufacturers
  • Airlines
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Chemical Companies
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Computer Companies
  • Crime Laboratories
  • Defense Manufacturers
  • Dept. of Agriculture
  • Dept. of Commerce
  • Dept. of Defense
  • Dept. of Energy
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of the Interior
  • Development Firms
  • Electrical Equipment Companies
  • Electronic Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Field Sites
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • Geological Industry
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Launch Sites
  • Manufacturing/Production Facilities
  • Medical Centers
  • Mining Industry
  • Museums
  • NASA
  • National Institutes of Heath
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Weather Service
  • Network News Stations
  • Newspapers
  • Nonprofit Research Centers
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • Oilfields
  • Patent Law Firms
  • Power Plants
  • Private Industry
  • Radio Stations
  • Recycling Plants
  • Research and Development Departments
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Scientific Journals
  • Technical Consulting Firms
  • Testing labs
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Weather Channel

Strategies

  • Attend conferences, lectures, symposiums on related subjects
  • Gain strong computer skills and computer programming skills
  • Join physics related clubs and organizations
  • Keep abreast of related journals and publications
  • Obtain an internship/co-op at a local engineering firm or manufacturer
  • Operate a ham radio or repair electrical equipment (radio, TV, stereo)
  • Work part-time or volunteer in Physics Department research or lab activities

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Physicist

What Can I Do With This Major?

Careers from Physics

Physicists Learn a Trade

Employment Data for Physicists, Astronomers and Related Scientists

Astronomy as a Career

What Do Physicists Do?

Professional Associations

Institute of Physics

Society of Physics Students

American Physical Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Astronomical Association

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics

American Institute of Physics

American Nuclear Society

Biophysical Society