Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Physics Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports physics and astronomy careers will have higher than average job growth in the next decade. Many physics graduates also enter related fields such as material science and medical imaging.

Recent graduates of Penn State Behrend have entered graduate programs in physics, astronomy, material science, and bioengineering at Brown, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, the University of Florida, and Penn State, and then onto working at institutions such as Caltech, Harvard, Cleveland Clinic and McGill University. Other graduates go directly to industry as researchers and engineers. Companies employing our graduates include GE, Northrop Grumman and the Naval Research Labs.

Who Hires Physics Majors?

Recent Physics graduates are employed as a physicist at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, as a graduate teaching fellow at Creighton University, as an engineer at Rolls-Royce, and as a doctoral student at SUNY Stony Brook.

Alumni with more experience include a research scientist at Los Alamos National Labs, a professor of mining and materials engineering at McGill University, a lecturer in physical therapy at Harvard Medical School, high school physics teachers, and an electrical engineer at GE Healthcare. 

Career Planning

Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system that will help you to identify and achieve your goals for the college classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester. 

Internships and Co-ops

Students in the School of Science can incorporate an internship experience into their academic program. These professional, career-related experiences in an organizational setting are valuable for a student's professional career development, and students may receive academic credit that applies to their degree program.

In addition, Penn State's Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program provides an excellent opportunity for Penn State Behrend students to integrate academic study with relevant experience in the workplace through alternating semesters of work and study.

If you are a student looking for more information on co-op and internship listings and how to apply, please contact your advisor or the Academic and Career Planning Center.