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Investigate Careers

Step I:  Think about your skills

The first step in thinking about your career path is to understand the many "transferable" and marketable skills you will gain from a history major. Learn more about Liberal Education and transferable skills.

In particular, Physics majors cultivate the following skills:

  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to research and gather information
  • Ability to analyze and organize data
  • Ability to conduct experiments
  • Ability to develop theories
  • Ability to perform calculations and do mathematical modeling
  • Ability to prepare technical reports
  • Ability to use computer technology

STEP II: Think through the broad range of things you can do with a physics major.

Physics graduates can use their education in a variety of fields. Employers of Physics graduates can include schools/universities, state/federal government, high-tech industrial companies, optics technology companies, computer science companies, utility companies, weather bureaus, hospitals, airports, and professional and technical journals.

Potential job titles, some of which require graduate school, include:

  • Physicist
  • Astronomer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Design and development
  • Astrophysicist
  • Product Safety
  • Engineer
  • Ballistics Expert
  • Aviation Inspector
  • Teacher/College Professor
  • Research Associate
  • Information Scientist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Computer programmer
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Acoustical Engineer

For great information about physics careers, including who is hiring, go to the American Institute of Physics.

See also:

Other careers to consider
Many students apply the skills they have learned in a Physics major to a non-Physics related field. In some cases these require more schooling or other experience. 

For a great list of potential job titles and steps you can take to prepare yourself for these jobs see “What Can I do with this major

Step III: See what UW-Eau Claire graduates have done

Sample entry-level jobs held by UW – Eau Claire Physics graduates:

  • Electronic Technician, Marlin Technologies Inc., Horicon, WI
  • Web Developer, Broadcast Interactive Media, Madison, WI
  • Structural Engineer, HDR Engineering, Minneapolis, MN

More complete listings of what Eau Claire graduates have done are available in the Career Discovery Lab, Schofield 230. Or check out Blugold Career Network.

Also check out the department newsletter:

Step IV: Research the jobs that sound interesting

The Career Discovery Center, Schofield 230, has lots of books.

In addition to the American Institute of Physics, there are many web-sites with great information,

  • The Federal Government jobs web-site ONet is particularly good.
  • WISCareers gives information related to Wisconsin
  • ISEEK  has information related to Minnesota

Step V: Informational interviewing

After researching some of these jobs on-line or in the Career Discovery Center, begin informational interviewing. You can contact people who are willing to be interviewed through Blugold CareerNetwork. This site also will give you tips for doing the interviews and sample questions.