Physics and Astronomy Careers + Alumni

Where a physics degree can take you

Physics and the theories that underlie it are so integral to the modern world, it’s hard to even think of major advancements of the last century that don’t involve physics. From laser, television, radio, and computers, to newer areas of nanotechnology, nuclear energy and medical instrumentation, it all comes down to physics.

It’s difficult to accurately describe the diversity of careers that exist for students of physics, but we can say this much—the skills you will learn studying physics will open doors in all directions. The basis in problem-solving, analysis, and the communication of complex ideas, combined with a solid grasp of “how the world works” are career skills that transfer beyond measure.

What kind of careers?

Fields Positions
Engineering Researcher
Electronics Instructor, professor
Robotics Product development
Astrophysics Medical physicist
Aviation Manufacturing technician
Theoretical Physics Industrial scientist
Material science Consultant
Geophysics Project manager

For a more complete list see What can I do with a major in physics?

3M alumnus

The physics and astronomy department was instrumental in my development and helped to prepare me for what I would experience in my future career. I walked away with many friendships—not only classmates, but many of the professors and other staff. I am grateful for the time I spent at UWEC.

Gregory McGill, dual degree engineering, 3M Control Systems

Where are Blugold physics grads currently working?

We keep track of all of our graduates and the marvelous work they are out doing. Click on the button below to see the most recent sampling of the incredible companies and agencies employing our physics alumni. Prepare to be impressed! 

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Dr. Susan Lederer of NASA at the telescope on Ascension Island.

NASA dream comes true

When students begin a life studying physics, the big dream out there is often NASA, as an astronaut, a researcher, an engineer. Susan Lederer had those same goals as a young Blugold. Read about how she made it all happen and now calls NASA home.

Susan's NASA career
Dr. Thomas Lockhart, UW-Eau Claire professor of physics and astronomy, works in a physics lab with students Tyler Tolan, Eau Claire, and Mathew Guenther, Black River Falls, as they test for the potentials of electric fields using a digital multimeter.

STEM careers await

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's physics and astronomy department has been recognized as one of eight such departments nationally for successfully preparing students for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Job creators

Keep in touch! 

If you are a graduate of this program, we truly want to hear from you! It's essential to the ongoing success of the department and incoming Blugolds that we are able to maintain connections with physics alumni, near and far. We want your expertise, we want to hear your success stories, and even your advice to Blugolds. Please take our Alumni Survey if you have not, and if you did long ago you can always submit an update. Thank you!

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Alumni + Foundation

Through the Alumni Association and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Blugolds can both stay in touch with campus and alumni, and support the programs that shaped their futures.

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