Your degree in Engineering Physics

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Engineering Physics, you're learning to combine your advanced knowledge of electrical, mechanical and computer systems and the fundamental principles of physics to design novel products and new technologies. You’ll develop important skills to turn your innovative ideas into real-life products.

These skills may include:

  • Application of theoretical and practical knowledge of mathematics, mechanics, electronics, software, and physics to develop new materials, devices, and systems
  • Engage in scientific research experience to develop scientific methods and to execute experiments
  • Agility to move fluidly from big picture to small detail and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Design and building of commercially viable prototypes with consideration to functionality, safety, manufacturability, and cost
  • Capacity to quickly build knowledge in new domains and digest large amounts of technical data and use that information to make sound recommendations
  • Verbal and written communication, and the ability to interpret and summarize scientific results clearly and concisely
  • Usage of specialized lab equipment, fabrication tools, programming languages, and advanced modeling software

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including nuclear and particle physics, micro and nanotechnology, semiconductors and electronics, computer technologies, healthcare, fibre optics and laser design, clean energy, and applied research and development, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Aerodynamics engineer
  • Analog design engineer
  • Application programmer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Automotive engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Circuit design engineer
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Electrical and electronics research engineer
  • Electro-optics engineer
  • Embedded software engineer
  • Engineering physicist
  • Engineering scientist
  • Full stack developer
  • Fibre-optic network designer
  • Fluid mechanics engineer
  • Machine learning researcher
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Medical products designer
  • Microelectronics engineer
  • Microprocessor designer and application engineer
  • Microwave systems engineer
  • Nanoelectronics research engineer
  • Nuclear design engineer
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Optical development engineer
  • Optical systems expert
  • Particle accelerator analyst
  • Patent agent
  • Photonics research associate
  • Physics researcher
  • Power generation engineer
  • Process development engineer
  • Professor or Lecturer
  • Quantum computing engineer
  • R&D engineer
  • Research scientist
  • Software designer
  • Technical project manager

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Engineering Physics graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Applied Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Engineering degree.