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Job Titles

Acoustics Physicist Geologist Optometric Assistant
Aerodynamicist 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

Job Postings

Physics Today Career Network: A complete career services site with job opportunities, job fair information, and resume postings. Check out the links to related sites for more employment information. An online photonics resource with featured articles, news, and an employment section.

PhysicsWeb: Click on the "PhysicsJobs" section to view postings of job openings or post your resume online. Site also includes current physics news and professional resources.

PhysLINK: Contains information on Physics, astronomy, and engineering. Includes a nice job board with industry, academic, grad, and post grad positions. Great directories link to college and university departments, professional societies, institutes, and national labs.

National Science Foundation: A listing of summer internship opportunities available through the foundation.

IAESTE United States: Is a membership organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow's technical leaders through international exchange, leadership training, global skill development, and technical education. Summer internships available.

Duke University - Engineering World Health Summer Institute: Places physics, chemistry and engineering majors in developing world hospitals. After a month of training in Costa Rica or Tanzania, participants work in hospitals installing and repairing instruments, taking inventory, calibrating equipment, training nurses and staff to use and maintain equipment, or other biomedical tasks.

Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

National Physical Science Consortium

NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship

Smithsonian Institution

University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellowships

American Physical Society

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Professional Science Masters: The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is an innovative, new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers.