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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Physics majors 

Overview of major

A major in physics leads to a fundamental understanding of nature and technology, an ability to think creatively, and a highly developed set of problem solving skills. The analytical track is suited for students preparing for graduate study in physics or a related field. The applied science track is for majors interested in technical subjects such as computing, engineering, or the health professions. The general track allows a concentration in non-technical areas such as finance, education, or science writing.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Research Scientist
  • Geophysicist
  • Mathematician
  • Space Physicist
  • Teacher
  • Forensic Scientist
  • College Professor
  • Industrial Physicist
  • Science Writer
  • Hydrologist
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Bio-physicist
  • Reactor Operator
  • Water Pollution Control Inspector
  • Environmental Research Analyst
  • Aerospace Engineering Technician
  • Technical Publications Writer
  • Cartographer (Map Scientist)

Examples of internships

  • AmerGen
  • University of Maryland
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • General Physics Corporation
  • Merrill Lynch
  • American Physical Society
  • Verizon Federal Network Systems
  • State of Maryland
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • Bechtel Corporation

Possible career fields

Astronomy

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Writing

Acoustical physics

  • Basic & applied research
  • Development
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Administration
  • Testing

Astrophysics, biophysics, fluid & plasma physics

  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Administration
  • Development
  • Design
  • Basic & applied research

Geophysics, nuclear physics, solid state physics

  • Basic & applied research
  • Development
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Administration
  • Exploration
  • Quality control
  • Law

Health, medical & optical physics

  • Basic & applied research
  • Development
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Administration
  • Monitoring/Inspection

Science education

  • Teaching
  • Computer software development
  • Writing & editing
  • Educational research
  • Library & information sciences

Technical

  • Engineering (process & testing)
  • Quality control
  • Research
  • Design/Development
  • Technical writing
  • Computer technology

Possible work settings

  • Colleges & universities
  • Observatories
  • Military
  • Schools
  • Government laboratories & agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Libraries
  • Non-profit foundations & research centers
  • Science museums
  • Military
  • Hospitals
  • Environmental & engineering firms
  • Software developers
  • Research & development firms
  • Airports
  • Atomic & nuclear labs
  • Professional & technical journals

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Research
  • Mathematical
  • Laboratory
  • Computer
  • Analytical
  • Writing
  • Detail oriented
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Technology
  • Synthesizing

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Opportunities in Aerospace Careers (CS/MA/EG Category)
  • Opportunities in Technical Writing Careers (EN/WR Category)
  • Careers in Renewable Energy (ENV Category)
  • Green Jobs (ENV Category)
  • Quick Guide to College Majors & Careers (CP Category)
  • Graduate Programs: Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Agriculture Studies, The Environment & Natural Sciences (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs: Engineering & Applied Sciences (Grad Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Physics majors

  • MS/PhD, Applied Physics or Physics
  • MS, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials Engineering
  • MS, Space Sciences
  • Master of Medical Physics
  • MD/PhD
  • MS, Geophysics, Nanoscale Physics
  • MA/PhD, Teaching or Education
  • Master of Health Physics
  • JD
  • Master in Scientific Computing, Computer Game Design, Computer Animation

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