Your degree in Physics

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 enjoy taking basic principles and applying them to new problems or novel situations to see 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, judgement, 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 academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See 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 understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Physics Society
Attend student events, seek mentorship, and meet other UBC Physics students.

UBC Physics Olympics
Volunteer to support local high school teams competing in a series of physics events.  

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in physics between study terms.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Metro Vancouver Physics Circle
Provide guidance to advanced high school students in physics through biweekly sessions.

Saturday Morning Lectures
Attend lectures at TRIUMF to learn about the frontiers of modern physics.

CAP University Prize Exam
Compete against other undergraduates in the national Physics competition and win prizes in term 2.

UBC Physics outreach initiatives
Interact with elementary and high school students through workshops and sessions.

UBC Department of Physics events
Check out departmental events, including seminars, colloquia, and lectures.

UBC Physics resources for students
Attend workshops and browse resources in the Physics department.

UBC Young Women for Science
Speak at different high schools to inspire young female students to pursue a career in physics.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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