On this page you will find information about careers pursued by Physics majors, skills Physics majors develop and career-related Web sites relevant to the major. Visit the department page to learn more about the Physics program.


It is important to remember that your major does not determine what your career will be. With a liberal arts education, YOU, not your major, will determine your career path.

Example job titles of Dickinson alumni who majored in Physics include:

  • Actuary
  • Civil Engineer
  • Medical Physicist
  • Patent Attorney
  • Staff Scientist

Career-Related Skills

  • Problem Solving: Physics majors have learned to apply logical, analytical thinking in a variety of ways useful to society.
  • Computer Proficiency: Majors have learned to use existing software and their own programs for data collection and analysis, mathematical manipulations, and other applications.
  • Creative Thinking: Physics majors are expected to work independently to invent ways of experimenting and solving problems
  • Cooperative Learning: Physics majors learn to work in groups to design and carry out experimental and theoretical work.

Career-Related Web Sites

American Institute of Physics Career Resources

Graduate programs in physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences

APS Physics - Careers in Physics

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Physicists and Astronomers

Physics and Astronomy Job Hunting Resources

Physics Careers - Features the American Institute of Physics Career Bulletin that offers job listings, internship information, and details on a visiting physicists program.

Physics Links

Physics Web - Physics news, jobs and resources.

The Career Planning Center for Beginning Scientists and Engineers - Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.  

For additional career resources and links, please visit the Job Search Web Link page.