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Careers for Physics Majors

All three physics degree options are excellent preparation for medical school, law school, or other graduate study, and for well-paying jobs straight out of undergraduate.  A full discusstion of physics as great career preparation is available.

Skills You Will Gain as a Physics Major

  • Mathematical modeling
  • Research and development
  • Professional presenting and reporting
  • Establishing and controlling experimental design
  • Maintaining records
  • Identifying and classifying materials/specimens
  • Designing/using computer simulations
  • Data analysis
  • Scientific computing 

The National Science Foundation says that earning a degree in a science is good for you, even if you don't go to work in a technical job. Read success stories of people who have decided to pursue careers in physics.

Want to learn more about the kinds of jobs that are available to physics majors? The American Institute of Physics keeps a database of job opportunities that you may enjoy perusing. You may also be interested in statistical research they have collected on education and careers in physics. The Industrial Physicist maintains a series of profiles on people who pursue careers in applied physics.

Graduate Schools in Physics

PhDs in physics and related fields are highly employable in academia, industry, government, finance, and data science.  Successful involvement in undergraduate level research is one of the best predictors that a student will flourish in graduate school. Recent UR physics students have pursued graduate degrees, either in physics, applied math or engineering, at the following schools:
  • Princeton University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Colorado
  • University of California, Davis
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • George Washington University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

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