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

Department Website

Department of Physics

Job Titles

Acoustics specialist Meteorologist*
Astrophysicist* Nuclear physicist*
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 require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).
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 interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.


Armed Services Instrumentation and Optics Firms
Colleges and Universities Public and Private Schools
Energy Companies Research Institutes and Laboratories
Engineering Firms State/Federal Government
Hospitals Technical Journals


These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Research assistant: university, institute or industry
  • Optics technician
  • Imaging R&D intern
  • Teaching assistant
  • Electrochemistry analytics intern

To search for internship opportunities, log in to Husky Career Link, Career Services’ online job and internship bank for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.



For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.


The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.

Career & Job Websites

Campus Organizations & Activities

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Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.

Social Media

Sample Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: