The Physics Department prepares students for their careers by providing experience with large, complex, technical problems both inside and outside of the classroom. As noted by the American Physics Society, physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physicists are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places.
You can find physicists in industrial and government labs, on college campuses, in the astronaut corps, and consulting on TV shows. In addition, many physics grads work at newspapers and magazines, in government, and even on Wall Street—places where their ability to think analytically is a great asset.
Employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Physicists are projected to have employment growth in scientific research and development services, educational services, and healthcare and social assistance.