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Related Skills

  • Strong math background
  • Ability to use computers and derive data
  • Strong technical communication skills
  • Ability to use theories in practice
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Logical thinker

Being Successful in the Field

  • A bachelor's degree will qualify for positions as research assistants, high-level technicians, or computer specialists, as well as nontechnical work in publishing or sales.
  • An undergraduate degree also provides a solid background for pursuing advanced degrees in other employment areas such as physics, astronomy, law, engineering, business, accounting, or medicine.
  • A graduate degree and post-graduate experience will allow for more responsibility and advancement in the field of physics and is required for university faculty positions.
  • Graduate schools and employers look for unique experiences on your resume.  Participating in research, internships, co-curricular activities, or teaching assistant opportunities can help you stand out. 
  • Most industries will train in the specialty of the firm.
  • A bachelor's degree and state teacher certification are required for K-12 teaching opportunities.
  • Network with people in the field by joining relevant professional associations and attending conferences.
  • Hands-on experience with computer programming, data analysis, laboratory equipment, and machinery will make your resume stand out. 

Career Resources

The Careers Toolbox helps you find internships, research positions, and resources for getting into graduate programs.

View employment data from the American Institute of Physics .

The Illinois State Physics Department has a course (PHY 307) specifically designed to teach you technical communication skills, help you with your resume, and give you the tools necessary to land your dream job.

Our faculty also meet individually with you to help with career planning. In addition, you can find help through Illinois State's Career Services and look for internships and jobs at an Illinois State Career Fair.  

Related Fields

Physics majors have countless options for careers. The Physics degree at Illinois State is designed for students who want a broad education in a wide variety of physics subfields.

About half of students with this degree go to graduate school and the other half join the workforce in areas as diverse as technology, law, medicine, and finance.  

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Debbie Ungson-Walbert  208 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Dan Holland  311B Moulton Hall  (309) 438-8756