One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Try searching by major (Physics) or by career field (Math/Sciences-Physics) and see what some alumni Physics majors are doing. Here are examples of career destinations of alumni Physics majors:
Space Experiments Engineer, United States Air Force
Senior Industrial Engineer, Intel Corporation
Senior Software Engineer, Dimension Data US
- Electronic Engineering Instructor, ITT Technical Institute
- Assistant Professor, Pacific Lutheran University
Research Data Analyst, cancerfacts.com
Research Scientist, Environmental Molecular Science Lab
Research Potential Careers
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you will the competitive edge when job searching.Career and Employment services have numerous materials to help you in this process.
Check out some of the titles in the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101:
Is there a Mechanical Engineer Inside You? by Celeste Baine
Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Towers by Cynthia Robbins-Roth.
Know Your Skills
Research: Utilizing laboratory equipment, designing experiments, recording observations
Quantitative: Analyzing statistical reports, determining probabilities, predicting outcomes
Communication: Writing research proposals, presenting research findings, teaching physics concepts
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviews provide the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview, start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts.
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At Career and Employment Services, we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn howinternships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sol Pro Environmental
The Boeing Company
Sustainable Energy Center Intern
Northwest Environmental Watch
Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career andEmployment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.