Your degree in Physics

Skills you'll develop

While studying Physics, you are learning about the universe, from the smallest particles to the largest structures, and the properties that control the behaviour of matter. You will develop the skills of taking basic principles and applying them to new problems or novel situations to observe what will happen.

These skills may include:

  • Application of theoretical concepts and scientific principles to unexplained or novel situations
  • Observation and interpretation of relationships between factors
  • Usage of computer programming to create complex models or solutions
  • Application of logic, imagination, judgment, and abstract thinking to solve real-world problems
  • Quantification of complex calculations and statistical analysis
  • Communication of complex ideas through advanced technical writing
  • Usage of a wide range of advanced instruments, machines, and lab equipment

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including space, computer and game design, medical data and technology, cancer treatment, laboratory research, project management, finance, science education and outreach, environmental assessment and monitoring, scientific equipment control, 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, but note that 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.

  • Acoustic physicist
  • Aerodynamicist
  • Architect
  • Avionics mechanic
  • Biophysicist
  • Climate scientist
  • Community science outreach educator
  • Computer engineer
  • Computer games designer
  • Data analyst
  • Engineer
  • Geophysicist
  • Health physicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial radiographer
  • Laser technician
  • Materials scientist
  • Medical physicist
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Meteorologist
  • Nanotechnology physicist
  • Network test engineer
  • Nuclear power reactor operators
  • Oceanographer
  • Particle technician
  • Physical chemist
  • Physicist
  • Radiation inspector
  • Remote sensing technician
  • Science museum curator
  • Scientific journalist
  • Scientific research manager
  • Seismologist
  • Sound engineer
  • Systems/Research analyst
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical writer

Make the most of your specialization

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.

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