Life After a Physics BS
The Job Market
What skills do you have?
- quantitative and analytical skills
- problem solving skills
- knowledge of science and technology
- research experience
- ability to learn, esp. technical subjects
What kinds of jobs are there?
AIP: Physics Is For You: the wheel (of fortune?)
What do Physicists Do?
Big bucks for physicists
Where Physics Bachelors Work
What's a bachelor's degree worth?
Typical Starting Salaries
AIP: Physics Trends Flyers
NSF: Science & Engineering Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
How can I find appropriate jobs?
AIP: Who's Hiring Physics Bachelors (by state)
Physics Today jobs
APS Career Center
SPS: Careers Using Physics
AIP: Career Resources
APS: Careers in Physics
Institute of Physics: Careers
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
AAS Career Services
typically 2 yr for MS, 2-4 yr more for PhD
gain deeper knowledge, more experience, more independence
opens doors to more jobs
How do you choose the right school for you?
- interests of the faculty
- reputation of the school
- productivity of the faculty
- chances of being admitted
To help make the final choice:
- prepare: get good grades, get research experience, study for the GRE
- do your homework to learn about various schools
- choose 5-10 (?) to apply to
- don't wait until the last minute
Graduate Programs in Physics & Astronomy (AIP)
Cornell - timeline and FAQ
google "how to choose grad school" (e.g.