What Can I Do With A Major In Physics?
branch of the natural sciences, physics is the study of why physical matter and
energy interact, as well as how to describe force, motion, and gravity. Physicists
are the most fundamental of scientists, for they examine the basic laws of
nature. They seek to study and understand what happens when atoms and subatomic
particles break down and assemble, and how they react to collisions with each
other and to electro-magnetic radiation. Physicists use mathematics to
understand, explain and predict their theories and equations. They often apply
their predictions and theories to other fields such as chemistry, biology,
engineering, communication, and health.
physicists conduct research in industrial, university, and national
laboratories, while others work in a variety of fields that require
sophisticated problem-solving skills. Some physicists teach in high schools,
colleges, and universities. The physicists at colleges and universities often
are among the leaders in basic research
possible, students enrolled in the program are encouraged to join with the
faculty in ongoing studies in atomic collisions; ground water pollution; public
planetarium productions; lunar, planetary, and deep sky observing; weather
forecasting and analysis; prediction of thunderstorm activity in Connecticut;
science education; particle physics; solid state physics; applied holography;
and general relativity.
Visit CCSU’s Physics Department webpage here.
Sample of Related Occupations
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
American Association of Physicists
American Association of
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Physics
American Meteorological Society
American Nuclear Society
American Physical Society
Environmental and Engineering
Mauna Loa Observatory
Professional Science Master’s
from New Scientist Jobs
Society of Physics Students
The Micro Pulse
Internships, Co-ops and Employment
Physics majors may find
experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your
skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op
placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate
for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and
job titles shows opportunitites where the employer was specifically looking for physics majors.
This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation
and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings,
please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and
co-op database, on the CACE website here.
Central Area Health Education Center - Youth Health Service Corps and Health Careers Coordinator
Clean Water Action - Global Warming & Clean Energy Internship
NASA - NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
Starbase CT - STEM Programs Mentorship
State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management - Energy Internship
Towers Watson - Actuarial Associate, Actuarial Internship
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Research Assistant, Data Management/GIS Analyst