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Physics

What can I do with this Discipline/major?

Common Career Titles for Physics from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Aerospace Engineers
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Computer Programmers
Health and Safety Inspectors
High School Teachers
Nuclear Technicians
Physicists and Astronomers
Postsecondary Teachers
Radiologic Technologists

Other Job Titles:
Laser Engineer
Materials Scientist
Mechanical Engineer
Optical Engineer
Particle Physicist
Photo-optics Technician
Physical Scientist
Radar Project Manager
Research Analyst
Satellite Engineer
Science Journalist
Solar Energy Physicist
Sound Engineer

Additional Resources - Careers in Physics

Vault Downloadable Guides

  • Career Launcher: Energy
  • Vault Career Guide to Electrical Engineering
  • Vault Guide to Technology Careers

Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:

  1. Log in to Vault.com (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
  2. Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
  3. Click on "All Guides (A to Z)" and scroll through the list to find the title you want.
  4. Click the "View Guide" button to access the guide

Internships and Research Opportunities

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

The sample resumes are provided for your information. We encourage you to look at the resume sample for your major in addition to the other samples that are included in our resume sample database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions for all candidates, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the Interview Skills section of the Career Center’s Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

  • What is the proper formula used to calculate acceleration?
  • What are wave fronts?
  • What are the steps to the scientific notation?
  • What area of physics interests you the most? Why?
  • Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
  • Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
  • There are plenty of times where you will be on a strict deadline to submit proposals for grant money or to complete an experiment. How would you describe your time management and organization skills?
  • How does a spectrometer work and what are its applications?
  • What is polarization?
  • What is constructive and destructive interference?
  • Would you consider analyzing data or information a strength? How so?
  • Describe research you have conducted.
  • What relevant earth-space science/physics experience do you have?
  • How would you calculate an orbit at a given altitude?

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.

 

 

The Career Center
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Phone: 410-704-2233
Fax: 410-704-3459
E-mail: careercenter@towson.edu



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