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Career Tracks

Undergraduate physics majors are trained to use the most modern equipment, learn about the most current and exciting topics for research, and, most of all, learn to be problem solvers. This training leads them to many fields of endeavor. Some (about one-third) go to graduate school in physics; others (another one-third) go on to further their education in professional schools such as medical school or law school; and the remainder enjoy opportunities in such wide-ranging fields as finance, the armed services, and scientific publishing. As the “liberal arts” of the sciences, physics is a training ground for the mind which opens many avenues.

Physics as a lucrative major

Link to page that lists college majors and average starting salaries: Majors That Pay You Back

What do physics majors do after graduation? 

American Physical Society/Careers InSight (links to a PowerPoint presentations on the APS web site)