What can you do with a bachelor's degree in physics?

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What can you do with a bachelor's degree in physics?

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Options for careers after obtaining a degree in physics include:

  • Government: working at a national laboratory (ex. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne National Lab etc.)
  • Education: middle or high school teacher, university professor
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Radiation physicist, radiation technician, radiation researcher for cancer radiation treatment
  • Electrical engineer, electronics developer
  • Technician for analytical instrument company
  • Acoustical physicist
  • Biophysicist or bioengineer
  • Astronomer or astrophysicist
  • Science writer
  • Geophysicist
  • High energy physicist
  • Laboratory researcher or manager

Most careers within physics besides being a laboratory researcher require advanced education, often a PhD. Some can be accomplished with a second bachelor's degree such as adding a bachelor's of electrical engineering to a bachelor's of physics to become a knowledgeable electrical engineer. In this example, concepts and courses required for both degrees will likely overlap. Many of these careers are within academia, but some physicists are employed in industry or the governmental sectors.

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