Physics - What to Do with this Major

Job Titles

Acoustics Physicist Geologist Optometric Assistant
Aerodynamist Geophysical Surveyor Optometrist
Aerospace Engineer Geophysicist Particle Physicist
Airplane Dispatcher Health Physicist Pharmacologist
Airplane Pilot/Navigator High School Teacher Photogrammetric Engineer
Applications Programmer High-Tech Designer Photogrammetrist
Astronomer Hydrologist Photo-optics Technician
Astrophysicist Industrial Health Engineer Physicist
Atomic Physicist Industrial Hygienist Physics Researcher
Biomedical Engineer Instrument Maker Physiognomist
Biomedical Technician Instrument Technician Planetary Scientist
Biophysicist Laboratory Technician Plasma Physicist
Callistics Expert Laser Technician Process Engineer
Cardiac Imaging Researcher Lawyer, Technology Specialty Radiological Laboratory Director
Chemical Physicist Librarian, Special Radiologist
Computer Programmer Machinist Research Assistant
Computer Specialist Manufacturers Representative Research & Development Scientist
Computer Systems Engineer Marine Geophysicist Research Technician
Congressional Researcher Mathematician Safety Manager
Consultant Medical Lab Technician Satellite Data Analyst
Cosmologist Medical Physicist Satellite Missions Analyst
Crime Laboratory Analyst Medical Products Designer Seismic Observer
Criminalist Meteorologist Seismologist
Crystallographer Microbiologist Solid Earth Physicist
Editor (Science) Molecular Physicist Solid State Physicist
Electrical Engineer Nuclear Engineer Stratigrapher
Energy Engineer Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lab Tech Systems Analyst
Engineer Nuclear Physicist Systems Support Representative
Flight Engineer Nuclear Power Plant Project Manager Test Consultant
Fluids Physicist Oceanographer Test Engineer
Geodesist Optical Medical Devices Designer  


Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Accurate Efficient Possess good vision and manual dexterity
Analytical Imaginative Problem solving
Assertive Independent Self-disciplined
Consistent Intelligent Task oriented
Critical thinker Organized Thorough
Curious Persistent Zealous


Workplace Skills

Aptitude for scientific reasoning
Define research problems
Design equipment
Develop research models
Develop and write research proposals
Draw meaningful conclusions
Establish experimental designs
Establish hypotheses
Evaluate ideas
Exhibit excellent computer and hardware knowledge
Gather/analyze data
Inform, explain, and instruct
Maintain records
Measure distances/relationships
Observe data
Perform calculations
Proficient in reading, writing, memorization and speaking
Research project involvement
Review scientific literature
See relationships among factors
Systemize skills
Use instruments
Utilize math formulas
Work well independently or in teams




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