Physics is the study of properties of matter and energy. Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy.






Related Major Skills


Define research problems Mathematical modeling Develop & write research proposals
Observe data Measure distance/relationships Gather/analyze data 
Design equipment Inform, explain, instruct Develop research models
Maintain records Review scientific literature Establish experimental designs
Perform calculations Evaluate ideas Identify/classify materials
Prepare technical reports Establish hypotheses Utilize math formulas
Summarize research findings Use instruments Draw meaningful conclusions
See relationships among factors 


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Sample Career Titles


Aerospace Engineer Mechanical Engineer Astrophysicist
Medical Lab Technician Atmospheric and Space Scientist Medical Physicist
Airline Dispatcher Medical Technologist Airplane Pilot/Navigator
Metallurgist Air Traffic Controller Meteorologist
Architect Microbiologist Architectural Drafter
Mining and Geological Engineers Aviation Inspector Nuclear Engineer
Biomedical Engineer Nuclear Physicist Biophysicist
Nuclear Technicians Chemical Engineer Optometrist
Computer Programmer Optometric Assistant Computer Software Engineer
Petroleum Engineers Consultant Pharmacologist
Editor (Technical) Photo-optics Technician Engineering Technician 
Photogrammetric Engineer  Environmental Scientist & Specialist Photogrammetrist 
Experimental Physicist  Physical Scientist  Fire Prevention and Protection 
Physicist Technician Engineer Physician
Flight Engineer Physicist Forensic Science Technician
Physics Teacher, Postsecondary Geophysical Data Technician Product Safety Engineer
Geoscientist Radiologic Technologist Hydrologist
Radiologist Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Safety Manager
Information Scientist Science Technologist Instrumental Technician
Science Seismologist Laboratory Technician Software Engineer
Laser Technician Soil & Plant Scientist Librarian, Special
Stress Analyst Machinist Systems Analyst
Manager Teacher, Science Manufacturers' Representative
Technical Secretary Materials Engineer Theoretical Physicist
Mathematician Writer, Technical Zoologist


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Sample Work Settings


Astronaut Corps

Chemical Companies

Colleges & Universities

Electronic Firms

Engineering Firms

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Energy

Department of the Interior





National Transportation Safety Board

Nonprofit Research Groups


Patent Law Firms

Power Plants



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FAU Student Organizations


  • Society of Physics Students


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Professional Associations



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Job and Internship Links



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Where to Learn More


General Occupational Information


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Career Planning Websites


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Sample Library Resources

These Resources can be found at the CDC Career Resource Library and/or FAU's Wimberley Library.

  • Careers in High Tech
  • Careers in Science
  • Career Information Center: Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Career Opportunities in Science
  • College Board Book of Majors
  • College Majors & Careers
  • Directory of Florida Industries
  • Federal Career Opportunities
  • Florida Aviation/Aerospace Directory
  • Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Life
  • Job Choices in Science & Engineering
  • Opportunities in High Tech Careers
  • Opportunities in Laser Technology Careers
  • Opportunities in Telecommunications Careers
  • Physical Science Career Directory
  • Physicists Occupational File
  • Professional Careers Sourcebook


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Informational Sample Websites


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