Common Career Titles for Physics from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Health and Safety Inspectors
High School Teachers
Physicists and Astronomers
Other Job Titles: Laser Engineer
Radar Project Manager
Solar Energy Physicist
LinkedIn Field of Study Explorer is designed to help students explore the wide range of careers LinkedIn members have pursued based on their major. Sign in to your account and go to Interests > Education > See fields of study
Vault Downloadable Guides
Career Launcher: Energy
Vault Career Guide to Electrical Engineering
Vault Guide to Technology Careers
Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:
Log in to Vault.com (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
Click on "All Guides (A to Z)" and scroll through the list to find the title you want.
Click the "View Guide" button to access the guide
Internships and Research Opportunities
Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources.
Log in to Hire@TU to access Going Global and search for international internships
Careers and Jobs
The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.
Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the Interview Skills section of the Career Center’s Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
What is the proper formula used to calculate acceleration?
What are wave fronts?
What are the steps to the scientific notation?
What area of physics interests you the most? Why?
Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
There are plenty of times where you will be on a strict deadline to submit proposals for grant money or to complete an experiment. How would you describe your time management and organization skills?
How does a spectrometer work and what are its applications?
What is polarization?
What is constructive and destructive interference?
Would you consider analyzing data or information a strength? How so?
Describe research you have conducted.
What relevant earth-space science/physics experience do you have?
How would you calculate an orbit at a given altitude?
Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.
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