College of Letters & Sciences
Physics students studying


Contact Information

Steve Sahyun
Department Chair & Professor
Phone: (262) 472-5113
Location: Upham Hall 157
Patricia Filipiak
Academic Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1067
Location: Upham Hall 151

Career Paths

Physics 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, data 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 2010 physics degree recipients was about $45,000 to $55,000.

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