Physics

Careers

Job/Career Titles

  • Acoustics
  • Astronomer
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Physics
  • Consultant
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Engineer
  • Equipment Designer
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Equipment Monitor
  • Geophysics
  • High School Teacher*
  • Inspection/Quality Control
  • Instrumentation
  • Lab Technician
  • Lawyer*
  • Medical Research
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Optics
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Plasma Physics
  • Research & Development
  • Scientific Writer
  • Solid-State Physics
  • Space/Astro Physics
  • University Professor*

*Advanced education preferred

Employers

General Industry

  • Aerospace Firms
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Electronic Equipment Manufacturers
  • Energy Product Companies
  • Engineering Services Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Testing Laboratories & Research

Minnesota Employers

  • 3M
  • BioAmber, Inc.
  • Blue Belt Technologies
  • Celdon Heights
  • CHS
  • Honeywell
  • MN State Institutions
  • Polar Semiconductor
  • R&D Systems
  • SAGE Electrochromics
  • U.S. Government
  • Vision Options
  • Xcel Energy

Salary and Outlook

Starting salary:
$52,000-$67,000

*Subject to vary by career, company, location, and experience

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Skills and Traits

  • Analytical skills
  • Aptitude for science
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Idea generation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Solution oriented
  • Strong math skills
  • Technical skills
  • Technical writing
  • Willingness to relocate