Pictured: Stata Center, home of computer scientists. Programming is an important skill!

A physics degree provides skills relevant to a wide variety of careers. There are many resources available to help with career exploration and development:

  • Talk to career development experts from CAPD via Handshake. Really in-depth talks with knowledgeable people, will help you decide your career path. Also check out CAPD’s career related workshops and events.
  • Check out this outcomes statistics from previous years, and AIP statistics about Who’s Hiring Physics PhDs. May be helpful to see where the highest demand is.
  • Build up the network. Find recent and not so recent graduates from your lab and reach out to them. Here is the directory (141k+ alumni). You will need to create an account there. It will stay with you for the rest of your life.
  • If you are reluctant to reach out yourself, use Alumni Advisory Hub (2k+ alumni advisors). Create an account and arrange for a 30-min meeting with alumni who are willing to talk to you. Search through industry or discussion topics.
  • You scheduled a meeting and you don’t know what to talk about. Here are some tips from careers handbook, check out p. 13. There is info there on how to schedule a meeting by the way.
  • If you want to refine your CV, research proposal, conference poster, etc, schedule an appointment with a Communications lab representative. 
  • Similarly there exists Writing and Communication Center to teach you and help improve clarity of writing for the wide range of goals.
  • The Physics Values Committee provides information both about non-academic career paths and academic career paths.
  • Sign up for listservs related to careers. Here is an physics-specific listserv managed by PGSC and SPS. Here is a list of newsletters from the careers office, CAPD.