Career Options

Careers for Physics Majors

  • Research Scientist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Engineer
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Space Physicist
  • Oceanographer
  • Laser Engineer
  • Kinesiologist
  • Nuclear Imaging Technologist

Starting Salary*

A typical starting salary for a physics major is $48,993. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $101,846.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Physics Degrees

  • Intel Fellow, Director of the Photonics Technology Lab, Intel
  • Spokesman, Muon Anomalous Magnetic Moment Experiment, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Marketing Group Director, Food Service and Hospitality Division, Coca Cola
  • Engineer, Space Station Freedom
  • CEO, Orchid BioSciences
  • Airborne Sensors Product Branch Chief
    U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency Test Resources Directorate
  • Director, Business Development, Lockheed Martin IS&S
  • Senior Engineer, Cryomagnetics, Inc.
  • New Product Introduction Engineer, Volex, Inc.
  • Programmer/Analyst, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
  • Senior Engineering Manager, Nokia Mobile Phones
  • Chief of Clinical Physics, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Scientific Advisor, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, TDAT
  • Research Engineer, Center for Applied Optics
  • Statistical Engineer (Vehicle Assembly), General Motors
  • Staff Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Product Manager, Carl Zeiss Nano Technology Systems
Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.