Professor, Researcher, Teacher: Physics Jobs in Academia

High School Teaching Positions

Many physics teachers in high schools in the United States have bachelor degrees in chemistry or a science other than physics. This means there is a need for high school teachers with undergraduate degrees in physics. While there is a considerable amount of job security at private high schools, public high schools in most states have tenure laws that protect teachers from being terminated without just cause. Depending on experience and responsibilities, the salaries of high school teachers can even exceed the salaries of college instructors.

Community College & Postsecondary Jobs

Junior colleges or two-year post-secondary schools need physics teachers but will generally require a master’s degree or a doctorate in physics. Not to be forgotten are specialized technical or trade schools. The growing video game industry, for example, needs game designers and a game designer needs to know mechanics, which is a branch of physics.

Professor of Physics - Research & Teaching Careers

The competition for teaching positions at four-year colleges is high and a doctorate in physics is necessary. At universities with graduate schools, assistant professors are expected to do research and publish. This is an entry-level position and is the first step to becoming an associate professor or professor.

Tenure is well-earned at a major university and typically requires publications in peer-reviewed journals. There are also openings for lecturers and instructors who have only teaching responsibilities. Lectureships are not usually considered tenure-track positions.

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Whether you are seeking a career as a high school physics teacher, a researcher at a major university, a college professor or as a physic lecturer, Physics Today Jobs is the premier job search website for physics jobs on the internet.

There are a number of opportunities for employment for individuals with undergraduate degrees in physics or engineering disciples who have not yet made the decision to pursue an advanced degree. Such positions can lead to a variety of highly rewarding managerial and executive careers.

The financial sector, for example, considers physics majors for entry-level positions in quantitative research and developing models for financial analysis. In general, positions in computer programming will be given to physics majors if the programs being developed require technical knowledge in some area of physics.

Medical physics is a large field that includes radiation safety officers and physicists who calculate radiation doses for cancer treatment. Medical physicists also calibrate and test equipment for ultrasound, x-ray, magnetic resonance, and radioisotope imaging.

Physicists also work in the manufacturing and marketing of medical diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, as well as in high tech industries such as aerospace, telecommunications, semiconductors, computer manufacturing, and nuclear energy.

Government agencies involved in national security and research have a need for individuals with a physics background too.

Whatever your interest, if you are seeking an entry-level engineering or technical science job, Physics Today Jobs has a wealth of job openings that might interest you. To access these opportunities, please visit our Job Search page and select "Entry Level" in the "Job Level" field.

Internships are like apprenticeships since they are temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training. Many firms will offer competitive pay and government agencies will typically give stipends. Completing a successful engineering internship with any firm can lead to a job offer from that firm in addition to improving skills and knowledge.

Many firms have websites that describe their intern programs and there are websites that list available internships. Career fairs held at colleges are also sources of information about engineering internships.

Internships in various branches of engineering can be found in many industries, such as the following:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Chemicals
  • Communications and networking
  • Computers
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Imaging
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Navigation
  • Packaging
  • Scientific Research
  • Software Development
  • Transportation

 

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