Careers in Physics & Astronomy

Careers in Physics & Astronomy
Careers in Physics & Astronomy

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:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of California, Berkeley

Our program prepares students for employment in government, industry, and academia:

  • National laboratories including Princeton, Caltech, Berkeley, and the Office of Naval Research
  • Businesses such as Amazon, Garmin International, John Woollam Co., LNK ChemSolutions, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, as well as the State of Nebraska
  • Academic positions at University of Texas, University of Colorado, University of British Columbia, and University of Southern California

Careers in Physics - By the Numbers

96% Physics Students Employed One Year After Degree1

Average Starting Salaries for Physics Majors1

18 million Jobs That Require Bachelor's Degree-Level Knowledge of STEM2

1As reported by the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center,
2As reported by the National Science Foundation,

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: