Careers for Recent Graduates in Physics

Careers in physics


Physicists end up in all sorts of interesting jobs and are virtually never unemployed, because of their broad training and adaptability. In particular they are needed at the start of new technologies and machines, or in particularly challenging projects such as space missions, remote explorations, and failure assessment.

As a working physicist you may find yourself: trying to predict the stock market on Wall Street, testing satellites for space missions, developing new materials for industry, developing new electronic devices and components, doing medical physics in a hospital, teaching the next generation of physicists in a high school, trying to predict the next major earthquakes to hit San Francisco or Japan, developing flight simulation software, optimizing industrial manufacturing or transformation processes, developing a new measurement instrument, performing materials testing and characterization for special applications, launching a new software company or product, performing urban planning and optimization, etc.

Graduates from the University of Ottawa over recent years have gone into various industrial and government laboratories such as Bell-Northern Research and the National Research Council, Mitel, Communications Research Center and the National Optics Institute; have gained employment with specialized companies working in the space industry such as Spar Aerospace; have started their own consulting companies; and have become physics teachers from the high-school to the university level.

You can also visit the SASS Career Center for more information: What can I do with my studies in Physics?

Careers at the Faculty of Science

For career opportunities at the Faculty of Science, visit the University of Ottawa Human Resources website.

Graduate Studies

Graduate studies are another option. Students with a BSc in physics can enter graduate programs in all areas of physics.

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