Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science.  Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.  Moreover, it’s the basis of many other sciences including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy. It can also be applied to biology or medical sciences. Many students go on to pursue careers in engineering, computer sciences, teaching, and graduate studies in physics. 

Common employers

  • Aerotek
  • Google Raytheon
  • Elucent Medical
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Blue Line Engineering
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman

Common job titles

  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Technical Specialist
  • High School Physics Teacher
  • Design Engineer

Factors of success

  • Engagement with the CSU Career Center
  • Internship or research involvement
  • GPA
  • On campus employment

For more information visit the Department of Physics’ website:

Career checklist

  • Update your resume and/or CV. 
  • Present research at CSU:
  • Attend a mock interview session at the Career Center to prepare for the job search or graduate school interviews. 
  • Attend many networking events to meet employers and increase your chances of landing a job. 
  • Ask three professors and/or employers to be professional references. 
  • You may continue to use the Career Center for guidance! All services are still available to you at no cost for one year after graduation and for a small fee after that.