After Your Degree
- Check out what other graduates from the UW-Whitewater Physics Department are up to.
- A list of resources to help you with your Graduate School search.
Career PathsPhysics graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater have achieved success in many fields. Many of our graduates work in industry in both technical and management positions. Teaching continues to be a good career choice, with a stable demand for physics teachers. Military service, including the Navy's nuclear program, is another possible career option. A physics degree is also excellent preparation for further study in many areas. Recent UW-Whitewater graduates are pursuing graduate study in physics as well as in related areas such as astronomy, engineering, computer science, and medicine. Other UW-W graduates are conducting research in diverse fields, including oceanography at the Naval Oceanographic Office, aerostructural test engineering at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the Human Genome Project at UW-Madison.
Recent UW-Whitewater physics graduates' employers range from large corporations such as Johnson Controls, Wisconsin Energy, and Motorola, to smaller high-technology companies such as Bell Industries and Fedco Electronics. Many recent graduates are also teaching in middle and high schools. Essentially all of our graduates who seek employment in a technical field are able to find it. Starting salaries for physics graduates are good; according to a recent survey by the American Institute of Physics, the median salary of 2006 physics degree recipients was about $35,000 to $45,000.
For Further Information:
The department has a set of SLOAN Career Cornerstone Series CDs on career information for engineering and sciences. These are available to view and access in the department office.
In addition check out Cornell's Physics Career Resources page. It has a comprehensive list of Physics career options.
Other sites to look at are:
- Aerotek Job Placement Service with a specialization in Science Jobs
- American Institute of Physics career services
- APS Career and Professional Development Liaison Program
- National Research Council career planning center
- AIP Statistical Research Center
- Physics jobs online
- Job Hunt
- Society of Physics Students
- American Physical Society
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- American Astronomical Society
- NASA JOBS: Student Opportunities
- Optical Society of America
- Physics Today Career Network job board There are over 200 jobs posted monthly.
Engineering Career Programs
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
- IEEE Job Site The official IEEE Website for Engineering and Technology Jobs.
- EE Times Egnineering careers The hub for engineers on the move.