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Physics Careers and Jobs

Select, Find and Prepare for Physics Careers and Jobs - all on one page


4 Steps to Use This Page: 1-Explore Careers of Intrerest 2-See Job Listings Matched to Career 3-Prepare for the Career 4-See External Career Resources

Here is a short Helper Video External Link.

This page will take you through 4 steps to (1) Select from Physics careers/jobs, (2) Find Physics job listings, (3) Prepare for Physics careers, and (4) Provide Physics career-specific resources.

Step 1: Select a Career/Job: This page starts with 4 ways for you to identify and select from listings of Physics careers/jobs:
A) Fastest Growing Physics Careers - 2020 to 2030 (est.)
These listings are based on job growth estimates and helps you to identify the fastest growing and evolving Physics careers. Some careers may not initially seem related to Physics, so relevant Physics jobs are listed alongside each listing. This can also help us to identify which careers (bottom of the listing) may have negative growth - perhaps due to automation or planned obsolescence.
B) Median Annual Salary U.S. Physics Careers
These listings are sorted (descending) by median annual salary in the U.S. This may help us to identify our ideal career. We may not qualify at this time for the desired career, but this listing and the results provided can help us to explore job details, as well as learn how to appropriately prepare for the career.
C) Physics Career Ladders (Educational Requirements)
These listings will help us to identify Physics careers sorted by educational requirements (with the most difficult to obtain listed first). This may help us to identify career ladders (as we scroll down the list), and help us to get jobs that we qualify for now.
D) Select From a Listing of 51 Physics Jobs.
The list may be quite long. There are two ways you might like to use this list:
1) Filter - As you enter a word, you will filter (limit) the list of job titles
2) Browse the list (Don't Filter) - You can simply explore the list of job titles. There may be many that you might never have considered to be of interest.
Once you have identified a job title of interest, simply click on it.

Step 2: Find a Job: After you have selected a career/job title above, you will see current job listings. You can change the location, distance from location and recency as desired. Each of the listings will link to a current job opening.

Job listings (based on your criteria) can be sent daily to your inbox, so you always have access to the latest opportunities. Complete the short form to start - you can opt out anytime.

Step 3: Prepare For a Career: In this section you will gain access to detailed information to help you prepare for the chosen career. Information may include (not every career choice includes all of the elements below - updates occur quarterly):
Core and Supplemental Duties: Lists the worker-related tasks performed
General and Specific Work Activities: Summarizes the broad and more specific types of behaviors related to the career
Knowledge Required: Provides the requirements regarding the acquisition of facts and principles
Skills Required: Provides basic skills and cross-functional skills needed
Preparation Required: Provides a summary of the required experience and education
Educational Requirements: Detailed breakdown of the education required
Work Experience Required: Detailed breakdown of the prior work experience required
Local Salary Information: Provides national and local salary ranges
Certifications: Provides appropriate government and private-sector certifications and/or credentials that may be required
Professional Associations: Provides professional associations that are related to the career selected
Job Listings: Provides links to active current job listings for the selected career, along with multiple similar job titles to explore. All details appear on this page
Related Careers to Consider: Lists up to 20 careers that might be of interest to you (related to your initial choice - what they do, what they know, and what they're called), ranked by best fit.

** If you clicked on a link from section D (as described in Step 1 above), you will see one or more links to an occupation that is usually a bit more general than your initial job selection - the link(s) is directly related to the specific job you identified through your prior selections.
*NOTE: It is possible that there may not be a career path identified for the specific job you selected in Step 1. If this is the case, scroll up the page and click on a different career/job.

Step 4: Career-Specific Resources (detailed and constantly updated): Continue to scroll down the page and you will find tabs that provide detailed (updated) links specific to the career you selected. This information includes:
Videos: Provides a listing of video links related to this career. A great way to get a quick overview of the occupation.
Resumes: Sources for resume materials and techniques. This can help to get you started.
Job Description: Sources that provide job descriptions, which are vital to resume and interview preparation.
Interviews: Provides links that can help you to prepare for and successfully complete the job interview. Can also assist with coffee chats.
Step by Step: Provides links to resources that can help to organize the career search process.
LinkedIn: One of the best professional social media sites that provides links, opportunities, and networking specifically for careers and career development.

Step 1 of 4: Select a Career/Job

10 Physics careers are listed below (sorted by Percentage Change in Total Job Openings - 2020 to 2030 est.). Physics-related jobs specific to each career are also provided. This shows which careers are emerging and growing the fastest. Please Scroll and Select below:

Occupations U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030 (% change) Physics-Related Jobs

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 16.9% Medical Physicist
Occupation: Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 16.9% Physics-Related Jobs: Medical Physicist
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 12.8% Biophysics Teacher
Occupation: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 12.8% Physics-Related Jobs: Biophysics Teacher
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 11% Metaphysics Teacher
Occupation: Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 11% Physics-Related Jobs: Metaphysics Teacher
Physicists 8.8% Aerophysicist; Astrophysicist; Atmospheric Physicist; Biophysics Scientist; Cloud Physicist; Computational Physicist; Condensed Matter Physicist; Diagnostic Medical Physicist; Experimental Physicist; Health Physicist; Mathematical Physicist; Medical Physicist; Molecular Physicist; Nuclear Physicist; Physicist; Plasma Physicist; Radiation Control Health Physicist; Radiation Physicist; Research Physicist; Space Physicist; Theoretical Physicist; Thermodynamic Physicist
Occupation: Physicists U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 8.8% Physics-Related Jobs: Aerophysicist; Astrophysicist; Atmospheric Physicist; Biophysics Scientist; Cloud Physicist; Computational Physicist; Condensed Matter Physicist; Diagnostic Medical Physicist; Experimental Physicist; Health Physicist; Mathematical Physicist; Medical Physicist; Molecular Physicist; Nuclear Physicist; Physicist; Plasma Physicist; Radiation Control Health Physicist; Radiation Physicist; Research Physicist; Space Physicist; Theoretical Physicist; Thermodynamic Physicist
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 8.1% Adjunct Physics Instructor; Astrophysics Professor; Astrophysics Teacher; Atomic Physics Professor; Atomic Physics Teacher; MCAT Physics Instructor (Medical College Admission Test Physics Instructor); Medical Physics Professor; Medical Physics Teacher; Nuclear Physics Professor; Nuclear Physics Teacher; Physics Adjunct Instructor; Physics Faculty Member; Physics Instructor; Physics Lecturer; Physics Professor; Theoretical Physics Teacher
Occupation: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 8.1% Physics-Related Jobs: Adjunct Physics Instructor; Astrophysics Professor; Astrophysics Teacher; Atomic Physics Professor; Atomic Physics Teacher; MCAT Physics Instructor (Medical College Admission Test Physics Instructor); Medical Physics Professor; Medical Physics Teacher; Nuclear Physics Professor; Nuclear Physics Teacher; Physics Adjunct Instructor; Physics Faculty Member; Physics Instructor; Physics Lecturer; Physics Professor; Theoretical Physics Teacher
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.8% Physics Teacher
Occupation: Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 7.8% Physics-Related Jobs: Physics Teacher
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 7% Geophysicist; Petrophysicist; Project Geophysicist
Occupation: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 7% Physics-Related Jobs: Geophysicist; Petrophysicist; Project Geophysicist
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 6.4% Geophysics Professor; Geophysics Teacher
Occupation: Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 6.4% Physics-Related Jobs: Geophysics Professor; Geophysics Teacher
Biochemists and Biophysicists 4.7% Biophysicist; Biophysics Researcher
Occupation: Biochemists and Biophysicists U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 4.7% Physics-Related Jobs: Biophysicist; Biophysics Researcher
Astronomers 4.5% Astrophysicist; High-Energy Astrophysicist
Occupation: Astronomers U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 4.5% Physics-Related Jobs: Astrophysicist; High-Energy Astrophysicist

11 Physics careers are listed below (sorted by U.S. National Median Salary). Physics-related jobs specific to each occupation are also provided. Please Scroll and Select below::

Occupations National Median Salary Physics-Related Jobs

Physicists $ 129,850 Aerophysicist; Astrophysicist; Atmospheric Physicist; Biophysics Scientist; Cloud Physicist; Computational Physicist; Condensed Matter Physicist; Diagnostic Medical Physicist; Experimental Physicist; Health Physicist; Mathematical Physicist; Medical Physicist; Molecular Physicist; Nuclear Physicist; Physicist; Plasma Physicist; Radiation Control Health Physicist; Radiation Physicist; Research Physicist; Space Physicist; Theoretical Physicist; Thermodynamic Physicist
Occupation: Physicists National Median Salary: $ 129,850 Physics-Related Jobs: Aerophysicist; Astrophysicist; Atmospheric Physicist; Biophysics Scientist; Cloud Physicist; Computational Physicist; Condensed Matter Physicist; Diagnostic Medical Physicist; Experimental Physicist; Health Physicist; Mathematical Physicist; Medical Physicist; Molecular Physicist; Nuclear Physicist; Physicist; Plasma Physicist; Radiation Control Health Physicist; Radiation Physicist; Research Physicist; Space Physicist; Theoretical Physicist; Thermodynamic Physicist
Astronomers $ 119,730 Astrophysicist; High-Energy Astrophysicist
Occupation: Astronomers National Median Salary: $ 119,730 Physics-Related Jobs: Astrophysicist; High-Energy Astrophysicist
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $ 94,520 Geophysics Professor; Geophysics Teacher
Occupation: Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary National Median Salary: $ 94,520 Physics-Related Jobs: Geophysics Professor; Geophysics Teacher
Biochemists and Biophysicists $ 94,270 Biophysicist; Biophysics Researcher
Occupation: Biochemists and Biophysicists National Median Salary: $ 94,270 Physics-Related Jobs: Biophysicist; Biophysics Researcher
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $ 93,580 Geophysicist; Petrophysicist; Project Geophysicist
Occupation: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers National Median Salary: $ 93,580 Physics-Related Jobs: Geophysicist; Petrophysicist; Project Geophysicist
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $ 91,510 Medical Physicist
Occupation: Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists National Median Salary: $ 91,510 Physics-Related Jobs: Medical Physicist
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $ 90,400 Adjunct Physics Instructor; Astrophysics Professor; Astrophysics Teacher; Atomic Physics Professor; Atomic Physics Teacher; MCAT Physics Instructor (Medical College Admission Test Physics Instructor); Medical Physics Professor; Medical Physics Teacher; Nuclear Physics Professor; Nuclear Physics Teacher; Physics Adjunct Instructor; Physics Faculty Member; Physics Instructor; Physics Lecturer; Physics Professor; Theoretical Physics Teacher
Occupation: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary National Median Salary: $ 90,400 Physics-Related Jobs: Adjunct Physics Instructor; Astrophysics Professor; Astrophysics Teacher; Atomic Physics Professor; Atomic Physics Teacher; MCAT Physics Instructor (Medical College Admission Test Physics Instructor); Medical Physics Professor; Medical Physics Teacher; Nuclear Physics Professor; Nuclear Physics Teacher; Physics Adjunct Instructor; Physics Faculty Member; Physics Instructor; Physics Lecturer; Physics Professor; Theoretical Physics Teacher
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $ 85,600 Biophysics Teacher
Occupation: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary National Median Salary: $ 85,600 Physics-Related Jobs: Biophysics Teacher
Nuclear Monitoring Technicians $ 84,190 Health Physics Technician (HP Tech)
Occupation: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians National Median Salary: $ 84,190 Physics-Related Jobs: Health Physics Technician (HP Tech)
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $ 76,160 Metaphysics Teacher
Occupation: Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary National Median Salary: $ 76,160 Physics-Related Jobs: Metaphysics Teacher
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $ 62,870 Physics Teacher
Occupation: Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education National Median Salary: $ 62,870 Physics-Related Jobs: Physics Teacher

13 Physics careers are listed (sorted by Education/Preparation Requirements - descending) to provide career ladders. Physics-related jobs specific to each career are also provided.

Education/Preparation Categories:
5 = Usually requires graduate school (e.g., Master's degree, Ph.D., M.D., or J.D.)
4 = Usually requires a four-year Bachelor's degree
3 = Usually requires vocational training, related on-the-job experience, or Associate's degree
2 = Usually requires a high school diploma
1 = May require a high school diploma or GED certificate
Please Scroll and Select below:
Occupations Education/Preparation Physics-Related Jobs

Astronomers 5 Astrophysicist; High-Energy Astrophysicist
Occupation: Astronomers Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Astrophysicist; High-Energy Astrophysicist
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 5 Geophysics Professor; Geophysics Teacher
Occupation: Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Geophysics Professor; Geophysics Teacher
Biochemists and Biophysicists 5 Biophysicist; Biophysics Researcher
Occupation: Biochemists and Biophysicists Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Biophysicist; Biophysics Researcher
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 5 Biophysics Teacher
Occupation: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Biophysics Teacher
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 5 Geophysicist; Petrophysicist; Project Geophysicist
Occupation: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Geophysicist; Petrophysicist; Project Geophysicist
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 5 Medical Physicist
Occupation: Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Medical Physicist
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 5 Metaphysics Teacher
Occupation: Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Metaphysics Teacher
Physicists 5 Aerophysicist; Astrophysicist; Atmospheric Physicist; Biophysics Scientist; Cloud Physicist; Computational Physicist; Condensed Matter Physicist; Diagnostic Medical Physicist; Experimental Physicist; Health Physicist; Mathematical Physicist; Medical Physicist; Molecular Physicist; Nuclear Physicist; Physicist; Plasma Physicist; Radiation Control Health Physicist; Radiation Physicist; Research Physicist; Space Physicist; Theoretical Physicist; Thermodynamic Physicist
Occupation: Physicists Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Aerophysicist; Astrophysicist; Atmospheric Physicist; Biophysics Scientist; Cloud Physicist; Computational Physicist; Condensed Matter Physicist; Diagnostic Medical Physicist; Experimental Physicist; Health Physicist; Mathematical Physicist; Medical Physicist; Molecular Physicist; Nuclear Physicist; Physicist; Plasma Physicist; Radiation Control Health Physicist; Radiation Physicist; Research Physicist; Space Physicist; Theoretical Physicist; Thermodynamic Physicist
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 5 Adjunct Physics Instructor; Astrophysics Professor; Astrophysics Teacher; Atomic Physics Professor; Atomic Physics Teacher; MCAT Physics Instructor (Medical College Admission Test Physics Instructor); Medical Physics Professor; Medical Physics Teacher; Nuclear Physics Professor; Nuclear Physics Teacher; Physics Adjunct Instructor; Physics Faculty Member; Physics Instructor; Physics Lecturer; Physics Professor; Theoretical Physics Teacher
Occupation: Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Education/Preparation: 5 Physics-Related Jobs: Adjunct Physics Instructor; Astrophysics Professor; Astrophysics Teacher; Atomic Physics Professor; Atomic Physics Teacher; MCAT Physics Instructor (Medical College Admission Test Physics Instructor); Medical Physics Professor; Medical Physics Teacher; Nuclear Physics Professor; Nuclear Physics Teacher; Physics Adjunct Instructor; Physics Faculty Member; Physics Instructor; Physics Lecturer; Physics Professor; Theoretical Physics Teacher
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 4 Physics Teacher
Occupation: Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Education/Preparation: 4 Physics-Related Jobs: Physics Teacher
Medical Dosimetrists 3 Medical Physicist
Occupation: Medical Dosimetrists Education/Preparation: 3 Physics-Related Jobs: Medical Physicist
Nuclear Monitoring Technicians 3 Health Physics Technician (HP Tech)
Occupation: Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Education/Preparation: 3 Physics-Related Jobs: Health Physics Technician (HP Tech)
Tutors 3 Physics Tutor
Occupation: Tutors Education/Preparation: 3 Physics-Related Jobs: Physics Tutor

Scroll through the picklist (below). There are 51 specific Physics job titles listed. Select those that may be of interest - you will get active job listing links, along with detailed resources to help you prepare for a career related to that job.
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