Physics - Career Pathways

Physics

 

What is Physics?

Physics offers insights into some of the most profound questions about our Universe. The quest to understand the laws that govern natural phenomena also drives practical advancements in technology and engineering. Fredonia’s Department of Physics offers several programs, each fostering problem-solving and research skills.

Academic Programs

The Physics Department also offers several Cooperative Engineering Program options.

What Can I Do with a Physics Degree?

By developing strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills, physics students excel in graduate programs and careers in a variety of fields. These fields include engineering, biophysics, technical business, patent law, medicine, and radiation therapy. Student who earn a degree in Physics Adolescent Education are prepared for initial certification to teach physics in secondary schools.

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Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Aerospace Engineer
Architect
Ballistics Expert
Biophysicist
Computer Systems Analyst
Electro-mechanical Technician
Forensic Scientist
Geophysicist
High School Teacher

Laboratory Technician
Manufacturing Technician
Nuclear Engineer
Patent Lawyer
Physicist
Professor
Radiation Therapist
Solar Energy Physicist
Technical Writer

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers. 

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Networking

Major-specific activities and student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may clubs such as the Physics Club.

Networks continue to grow through digital groups, like ones on LinkedIn and FREDConnect. The CDO’s professional mentoring program, Fredonia Career Connection, is also a great place to find a mentor!

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

Stay up to date on the Physics Department’s news and events.

What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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State University of New York at Fredonia
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