Physics examines the fundamental principles that govern natural phenomena, ranging in scale from collisions of subatomic particles, through the behavior of solids, liquids, and biomolecules, to exploding stars and colliding galaxies. In addition to work in industrial, government, or high-technology laboratories, students may find opportunities in such fields as biological physics, computer science, geophysics, medical and radiation physics, and engineering. Many physics majors pursue advanced degrees in physics and related fields.
Concentrations: Physics, Biomedical Physics, Pre-Med/Health, Applied Physics
|Biophysics technician||Optical engineer|
|Geophysicist*||Physics professor (College)*|
|Intellectual property/patent attorney*||Physics teacher|
|Inventor*||Product development specialist|
|Laboratory technician||Research physicist|
|Medical physicist*||Science writer|
Positions that may require additional education, training or licensing are indicated by an (*). Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interests as possible, including co-op and internships.
This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on NUcareers; please note that they may not currently have positions posted.
|Argos Information and Advisory Services||Radiation Monitoring Devices|
|Boston Collegiate Charter School||ZS Associates|
This is a sample of the industries that often hire this major:
|Armed Services||Higher Education|
|Energy||Instrumentation and Optics|
|Engineering||Primary and Secondary Education|
|Government: local, state, federal||Scientific and Laboratory Research|
|Health Care||Technical Publishing|
These samples titles can be used to research internship opportunities.
Electrochemistry analytics intern
Imaging R&D Intern
Research assistant: university or industry
Websites for Career Exploration
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook
- MassCIS – Massachusetts Information System
- Vocational Biographies (username: NE Unvi; password: RAZDE)
Career Development Videos
Websites for Job Search
- American Association of Physics Teachers Career Center
- American Physical Society Career Center
- Physics Today Career Network
Campus Organizations & Activities
Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.
Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups and Twitter handles. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings and networking opportunities. Visit the Social Media page for more information on how to leverage your social media network.
- Northeastern University Career Development
- Northeastern University International Students and Alumni Networking Group
- sheLEADS at Northeastern
- APS Physics
- Institute of Physics
- Women in Physics