Research & Career Opportunities
Physics Offers a Variety of Research and Career Options
A bachelor’s degree in physics is a wonderful stepping-stone to a wide variety of well-paying, interesting and intellectually satisfying careers in high-tech industries, research, and teaching.
Many Career Opportunities Available
Because of their extensive computer and technological background, physics majors have many possible careers open to them. Graduates from our program have gone on to and are prepared for careers in the semiconductor industry, medical physics and as researchers or faculty at some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs and research labs.
Options Available for Graduate Degrees
Some of the areas of graduate study for which physics is great preparation are materials science, electrical engineering, applied physics and, of course, physics. Typically our students who have gone on to graduate study are awarded tuition waivers and stipends to work as teaching and research assistants at their new physics departments.
Employment for Physics Majors
Recent reports on the employment of undergraduate majors with a science degree show that physics majors have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.
University of Idaho Physics Department
Many professors will be glad to have extra help during the school year or the summer. A summer position, might be paid, or you may receive research credit on your transcript. To find out more, ask the professors.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Work for a summer in a physics lab and get paid for it!
U-Idaho Career/Internship Services
WSU's Physics and Astronomy
Career Options Overviews
Society of Physics Students
- National Society of Physics Students
- SPS's Careers Resources
Good website to start learning about the many possible careers for physics students
Jobs/Internships at National Labs
- Jet Propulsion Lab
- Lawrence Livermore National Lab
- Sandia National Lab
- Pacific Northwest National Lab