Not just any job — your ideal job
The questions usually go something like, "What are you going to study? What are you going to do with that major?"
The Department of Physics & Astronomy helps you build versatile skills that will make you marketable, hirable, and secure.
Our majors go on to study at graduate programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, Yale University, and other top physics programs around the nation.
Our program prepares students for employment in all sectors. Students interested in academic or government employment have been hired as postdoctoral research associates at Princeton, Caltech, Berkeley, and the Office of Naval Research. Recent graduates also work in industry at places such as Amazon, Garmin International, John Woollam Co., LNK ChemSolutions, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, as well as the State of Nebraska; and in academia including University of Texas, University of Colorado, University of British Columbia, and University of Southern California.
Careers in Physics
96% Physics Students Employed One Year After Degree1
$58,000 Average Starting Salaries for Physics Majors1
18 million Jobs That Require Bachelor's Degree-Level Knowledge of STEM2
Graduate and Professional Planning Resources
Your academic advisers can answer many questions about the types of careers you can pursue with your physics degree. Throughout your time at Nebraska, you should discuss your job interests with your adviser. The following resources can also help you to identify potential employment opportunities:
- American Physical Society: Professional organization of physicists in the United States with special rates for student membership.
- American Physical Society: Careers: More information about physics as a profession.
- Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics: Learn more about careers for physicists.
- Graduate programs in physics and related fields.
- GRE: the Graduate Records Exam, required for admission to most graduate programs in the US.
- UNL Career Services staff help all university students with career decisions, work experience, and further education.
- Husker Hire is a job database for university students and alumni, as well as for employers seeking to fill jobs and internships.