Finding a job with a degree in physics

If you are like most people, you will have a variety of careers between now and when you retire.  A University program should prepare you for your future, not just train you for your first real job.  A degree in Physics will give you a solid foundation in fundamental concepts that will make you highly employable in a wide range of areas.  It is a great choice for your future.

There are three steps to finding your first job with a degree in physics.  The first is preparation.  You want to make sure that you are doing what you need to do early on in your academic program to make you highly employable when you graduate.  Completing a degree in Physics is a great first step.  You’ll find more tips on these pages.

The second step is to know what you are looking for and to know where to find it.  That is, students with a degree in physics don’t usually get a job as a “physicist”.  You have to know what job titles to search for and which web sites to use to find the positions for which you will apply.  Another good way to do this is by networking.  We've got a LinkedIN account to help you with your networking.

The third and final step is to prepare the cover letter, and resume (or CV) and to prepare yourself for the interview.  The purpose of the cover letter is to get someone to read your resume.  The purpose of the resume is to get an interview.  And the purpose of the interview is to get a job offer.  Each of these steps take a huge amount of work to prepare properly.  But the alternative is to use a canned resume and letter (ie not specific for the postion) and the result will be that your application will get canned!  So put in the effort if you want to reap the rewards.  Check out our page with helpful ideas here.