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What Can I Do With A Major In Physics?

A 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.

Many 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

Wherever 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

Aeronautical Engineer

Aerospace Engineer

Airplane Pilot




Computer Programmer

Electrical Engineer

Environmental Engineer


Laboratory Technician




Nuclear Engineer

Nuclear Medical Technologist

Nuclear Technician

Optical Technician


Project Manager

Research Scientist

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 in Medicine

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Astronomical Society

American Geophysical Union

American Institute of Physics

American Meteorological Society

American Nuclear Society

American Physical Society

Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society

ESRL/GMD Mauna Loa Observatory

Physics Today

Professional Science Master’s

Science Jobs from New Scientist Jobs


Society of Physics Students

The Micro Pulse Lidar Network

Thinking About Physics


Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

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 opportunities 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 College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center 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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Research Assistant, Data Management/GIS Analyst

Willis Towers Watson - Actuarial Associate, Actuarial Internship