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Every year, Morris physics graduates go on to explore a variety of interesting paths such as graduate school, high school teaching, research, and industry. Morris alumni have enjoyed a great record of success in both academic and professional careers. Two-thirds of physics graduates have pursued advanced degree programs in areas like physics, astrophysics, engineering, mathematics, law, medicine, meteorology, and nuclear power. Our physics graduates have attended graduate programs all across the country, including:

Morris physics alumni frequently join industry or government research entities and have moved from Morris to diverse occupations, including:

With the increasing need for employees with strong high-tech experience, a physics degree is a powerful credential for recent graduates seeking to enter the workplace. Major corporations like 3M, Alliant, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Siemens, General Electric, DuPont, and scores of smaller technology firms are regularly in search of candidates with the analytical and problem-solving skills developed while earning a physics degree.

A lot of information about the initial employment of physics bachelors can be found in this publication from the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.

Nationally, about 57% of physics bachelors move on to graduate studies (Ms and/or PhD)., while 32% find full-time employment in the private sector, government agencies (including national laboratories) and in the education system. The cited brochure will give more detail on salaries and types of careers for freshly graduated physicists with bachelor degrees.

If you consider going on to Graduate school, you might find these employment data for freshly graduated Masters in physics helpful and study focused on PhD physicists who entered the private sector.

Physics graduates have many career options open to them. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook includes projected growth and median salaries for many occupations. A handful of those most closely related to the experiences of our recent graduates are listed here:

Occupation Projected Growth Median Salary 2010
Computer Programmer 12% $71,380
Electrical Engineer 6% $87,180
Lawyer 10% $112,760
Mathematician 16% $99,380
Mechanical Engineer 9% $78,160
Physicist (Ph.D.) 14% $105,430
Physics Teacher (high school) 7% $53,230
Sales Engineer 14% $87,390
Software Developer 30% $90,530

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Growth projections are for 2010-2020.