Physics is the application of mathematical theory and experimental tools to investigate how matter and energy interact. It spans the spectrum from astrophysics, which tells us about the structure of stars, to clumps of atoms, which informs us how silicon chips work.
Why Physics is in Demand:
- Employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 7% from 2014 to 2024. It is expected that the need for physicists and astronomers in colleges, universities and national labs will increase due to expected growth in federal government research spending. (Source: United States Department of Labor Statistics)
- Physicists are in demand for their analytical skills in many financial, fund management and research roles, in law, as weather forecasters, computer programmers, and as physics and science teachers.
- The median annual wage for physicists was $110,980 in May 2015. (Source: United States Department of Labor Statistics)
Is it for me?
- Do you like figuring things out?
- Do you enjoy being challenged?
- Could you spend all day conducting scientific research?
- Are you constantly asking “why”?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Physics
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Where will physics take me?
Our physics majors typically go on to graduate school while others go straight into the industry. You'll find Scranton graduates working in a wide range of companies and organizations.
There is a diverse range of careers for those with physics degrees, including:
- College Professor
- High School Teacher
- Mechanical Engineer
- Network Applications Systems Analyst
- Software Developer
To read more about the diversity of careers of people with physics degrees, browse through the American Physical Society’s series of articles called Profiles in Versatility.
Top Graduate Schools
Some of the prestigious graduate schools that have admitted recent graduates include:
- Boston University
- Michigan State University
- Syracuse University
- The Catholic University of America
- The George Washington University
- The University of Scranton
- University of Connecticut
- University of Delaware
- University of Kentucky
You’ll find Scranton graduates working in a wide range of companies and organizations including:
- Deptartment of Environmental Protection
- Lockheed Martin
- Naval Research Lab
- Physicians Health Alliance
- Picatinny Aresenal
- Tobyhanna Army Depot
- U.S. Navy
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is that our faculty is very active in helping them achieve their career goals. As you walk across campus, you’ll often see students chatting with faculty over coffee to bounce ideas.
Whether it’s advising or providing letters of references for a competitive graduate school or that dream job, faculty make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level. That deep level of understanding means that our faculty members are not only dedicated teachers and strong researchers but advocates for you professionally.