A degree in physics can open the door to a wide range of careers, including:
- scientific journalism
- technical writing
- patent law
- cardiac imaging research
- environmental science or engineering
- forensic science
- and — of course — physics teaching or research!
Recent physics graduates have entered graduate programs in nanotechnology at both the University at Albany and Purdue, materials physics at Binghamton University, chemistry at Syracuse University, and biophysics and aerospace engineering at Cornell. Others are pursuing careers in secondary education, nuclear engineering, environmental engineering, power engineering, and technical sales.
A recent survey shows that physics bachelor's graduates command some of the highest salaries of all graduating students. See the survey results (pdf).
The American Physical Society keeps track of statistical data on careers in physics on their Physics Career Statistics pages. The American Institute of Physics also maintains detailed information on employment trends in physics at their Statistical Research Center.