Careers in Physics

The Society of Physics Students has a career toolbox  to help you along the career path.  One key element of this toolbox is helping you clearly recognize the skills you have that are most valued in technical careers, and how best to describe those skills either in a resume or in a cover letter.  If you start this early enough in college, by recognizing holes in your skill set, you can carefully chose classes, research or internships to fill in those holes.

You should strongly consider attending one of the UNH Career/Internship Fairs, which happen twice a year.  Even as a freshman or sophmore you can find what employers are looking for (while you still have time to add skills to your resume) or find an internship that will let you explore careers and build your skill set.

 One concern common to many students is that many companies are not posting jobs for physicists - but this does not mean that your skill set is not valued!  Below is a list of job titiles obtained from surveys conducted by the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics of physics bachelor’s recipients of the classes of 2009 and 2010. They are not exhaustive or exclusive.  But these are all titles that physicisists are well-qualified for.




  • Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Laser Engineer
  • Associate Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Field Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Technician
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Research Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • General Engineer
  • Technical Services Engineer


Hardware / Software


  • Software Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Support Staff
  • Analyst




  • High School Physics Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher


Research and Technical


  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Lab Assistant
  • Accelerator Operator
  • Physical Sciences Technician